Director Leslee Udwin’s critically acclaimed documentary, “India’s Daughter,” which examines the 2012 horrific gang rape of a young girl in New Delhi from the perspective of her family, friends and rapists, was the winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the recently concluded 18th United Nations Association Film Festival titled, “Running Out of Time.”
During the 11 days of screenings in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford, Calif., audiences viewed 60 documentaries dealing with topics from around the world.
The documentaries featured at the festival promoted the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, said a press release, and focused on time-sensitive aspects of the Millennium Development Goals: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development.
Awards in other categories such as the UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary, UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Cinematography and Editing, and UNAFF Youth Vision Award were also announced at the event.
UNAFF was conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was founded by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic with the participation of the Stanford Film Society and the United Nations Association Midpeninsula chapter.