Downloads: AWFJ Award Winners

Heather Courtney, Deborah Hoffmann and Pamela Yates Honored

New York, NY — The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), a membership organization of leading women film journalists and critics from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, has announced the recipients of three special EDA Awards, created to celebrate POV‘s 25th anniversary. The awards were presented by AWJF president Jennifer Merin and organization member Sarah Voorhes at POV’s 26th-season launch party at its headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., on
June 6, 2013.

With these EDA Awards, the AWFJ honored the best female-directed films from the curated program MoMA Selects: POV, a 25th Anniversary Retrospective, presented at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in February and March of 2013. A jury of five AWFJ members selected the winners.

Heather Courtney, director of Where Soldiers Come From, won the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film; Deborah Hoffmann, director of Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, was given the EDA Special Award Mention; and Pamela Yates, director of Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, received the EDA Award for Documentary Impact.

The jury included Merin ( and Voorhes (NBC-TV, New Mexico), along with Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Kennedy (The Denver Post), and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).

“The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is honored to recognize POV’s exemplary support of women filmmakers,” said Merin. “The winners were selected from a pool of 13 extraordinary films, and represent the superb quality, influence and scope of POV’s 25-year history.”

“We are so pleased to have these awards coincide with the upcoming launch of our 26th season on PBS,” said Cynthia López, co-executive producer, POV. “Jennifer Merin is a tireless supporter of the documentary genre, and we’re honored that she and the AWJF jury chose to recognize the outstanding work of POV’s female filmmakers.” Lopez noted that POV’s new season begins Monday, June 24 at
10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS with Homegoings by Christine Turner.

Winners of the AWFJ EDA Awards Celebrating POV’s 25th Anniversary:

Watch Where Soldiers Come From – Trailer on PBS. See more from POV.

EDA for Best Female-Directed Film: Where Soldiers Come From, directed by Heather Courtney (2011. USA).

From a small, snowy town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of a close-knit group of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating high school. As the young men transform from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans, the film offers an intimate look at the Americans who fight our wars and the families and towns from which they come.

Watch Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter: Trailer on PBS. See more from POV.

EDA for Special Award Mention: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, directed by Deborah Hoffmann (1994. USA).

This life-affirming exploration of family relations, aging and the meaning of memory and love chronicles the progression of a mother’s Alzheimer’s disease and the evolution of her daughter’s response to the illness. Deborah Hoffmann’s desire to cure the incurable–to assuage her mother’s confusion, forgetfulness and obsessiveness–gradually gives way to an acceptance that proves liberating for both daughter and mother. Nominee, 1995 Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature.

Watch Granito: How to Nail a Dictator – Trailer on PBS. See more from POV.

EDA for Documentary Impact: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, directed by Pamela Yates (2012. USA/Guatemala).
In a stunning milestone for justice in Guatemala, former dictator Efraín Rios Montt is standing trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s–and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence in bringing the indictment. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito–a tiny grain of sand–that helped tip the scales of justice.

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ), a not-for-profit corporation, is an association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to supporting work by and about women–both in front of and behind the cameras–through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting the annual AWFJ EDA Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. In 2012, AWFJ launched a new program to present EDA Awards to women filmmakers in partnership with select film festivals and organizations, in addition to the annual year-end awards.

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 26th season on PBS in 2013, the award-winning POV is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers. POV has brought more than 365 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today’s most pressing social issues. Visit

POV has the honor of receiving a 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the desJardins/Blachman Fund and public television viewers. Funding for POV’s Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Special support provided by The Fledgling Fund and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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