Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her wins best Canadian film at Hot Docs

The best international feature doc prize went to Call Me Kuchu, which earlier won a Teddy award in Berlin, as the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival wrapped on the weekend.

Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her (pictured) on Friday won the best Canadian feature prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival.

That win followed the Canadian director earning Tribeca’s best feature documentary prize for a film that probes a clash between modernity and traditional values among young Indian women.

Besides awarding Pahuja a $10,000 prize, the Hot Docs jury cited her film for a “brave and provocative exploration of the role of women at its two extremes in contemporary Indian society.”

Cinetic Media is shopping The World Before Her for a possible U.S. sale.

The festival jury also gave a special prize for Canadian features to Charles Wilkinson’s Peace Out, a documentary about the impact of electricity production on Canada’s Peace River.

The awards giving Friday evening at Toronto’s Windsor Arms hotel also saw the Hot Docs’ best international feature prize go to Call Me Kuchu, by directors Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright.

They won for a documentary about Ugandan activist David Kato efforts to fight his country’s anti-homosexuality bill that had its North American premiere at Hot Docs.

Call Me Kuchu earlier won a Teddy award in Berlin.

The Hot Docs special jury prize for an international feature went to the Israeli film The Law in These Parts, by director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, which has had a critically-acclaimed run on the festival circuit.

Other Hot Docs prize winners included:

  •   Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize: The Boxing Girls of Kabul, by Ariel J. Nasr.
  •   HBO Emerging Artist Award: shared by Tchoupitoulas by Bill and Turner Ross of the U.S., and Meanwhile in Mamelodi by Boris Frank of Germany and South Africa.
  • Best mid-length doc My Thai Bride, by Australian David Tucker.
  • Best short doc: Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy, by Finnish director Anna Nykyri.
  • Don Haig Award: Montrealer Mia Donovan, for Inside Lara Roxx.