AFI DOCS has concluded a successful five days in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland and we’ve just announced this year’s Audience Awards. The Award for Best Feature went to WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? which was directed by Liz Garbus (THE FARM: ANGOLA, USA). Garbus offers access into legendary singer Nina Simone’s most intimate thoughts through her own words as the influential chanteuse became a leading voice for the civil rights movement of the late 1960s.
This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON directed by Blair Foster (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, co-producer) and Geeta Gandbhir (BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, editor). The short film features a group of racially diverse parents discussing the importance of having a conversation with their young black sons about racism and interacting with the police.
With 81 films from 25 countries, the festival brought together artists, national policy and opinion leaders along with global representatives. Re-live AFI DOCS 2015 through our online photo galleries and video clips.