‘Anthropocene’ and ‘nîpawistamâsowin’ Top DGC and imagineNATIVE Documentary Winners

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

By Pat Mullen

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch completed its sweep of the Canadian awards circuit this weekend by scooping the prize for best documentary from the Directors Guild of Canada. The film by Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky won the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary at the DGC Awards on Sunday night. This concludes an impressive Canadian run for Anthropocene, which previously score the Rogers Award for Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary earlier this year.

The DGC awards also honoured director Tasha Hubbard with the Discovery Award for her feature nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. Hubbard’s film also won the Sun Jury Award at Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and continued the doc’s impressive streak that began with wins at Hot Docs and DOXA.

Other documentary winners at the events included Shelley Therrien who won the DGC Award for Best Picture Editing for Queering the Script, while Sembradoras de vida (Mothers of the Land) by Alvaro Sarmiento and Diego Sarmiento won tthe Alanis Obomsawin Award for Best Documentary Work Long Format at imagineNATIVE.

On the dramatic front, Patricia Rozema and Robert Budreau tied for the DGC’s top prize of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for Mouthpiece and Stockholm, respectively, while Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers won Best Dramatic Feature at imagineNATIVE for The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open.