‘The Flats’ and ‘Two Strangers Trying Not to Kill Each Other’ Triumph at CPH:DOX Awards

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen’s renowned documentary film festival, concluded with stirring appeals for peace in Gaza from filmmakers as they accepted awards at the ceremony.

According to Variety, Italian director Alessandra Celesia clinched the prestigious Dox:Award for “The Flats,” a poignant portrayal of a community scarred by Northern Ireland’s Troubles. The jury praised Celesia’s ability to navigate complex narratives with humility and creativity.

Jacob Perlmutter and Manon Ouimet’s “Two Strangers Trying Not to Kill Each Other” received a Special Mention for its exploration of marital dynamics amidst artistic pursuits, resonating with viewers for its candid portrayal.

American journalist Alina Simone’s “Black Snow” won the F:act award for its investigative journalism on a Siberian mother’s activism against a coal scandal, highlighting the power of citizen journalism.

Roja Pakari’s touching debut, “The Son and the Moon,” earned the Nordic:Dox award for its intimate portrayal of life with incurable cancer. Pakari’s heartfelt gratitude to her team and family underscored the film’s emotional depth.


Loran Batti’s “G – 21 Scenes From Gottsunda” received a Special Mention for its poetic reflection on life and brotherhood in a Swedish neighborhood plagued by social issues.

Atiye Zare Arandi’s “Grand Me” captivated audiences with its portrayal of a young Iranian girl navigating her parents’ divorce, earning the Next:Wave prize for its poignant storytelling.

Aura Satz’s experimental film “Preemptive Listening” claimed the New:Vision award, celebrating innovative storytelling and boundary-pushing experiments in cinema.

Shiori Ito’s courageous journey for justice in “Black Box Diaries” resonated deeply, earning the Human:Rights award for its powerful narrative on women’s rights and resilience.

Rachel Szor, Yuval Abraham, Basel Adra, and Hamdan Bilal’s “No Other Land” received the Audience:Award for its poignant portrayal of displacement and activism in Palestine.

Lastly, Carl Emil’s “Intangible” won the Inter:Active Award for its immersive exploration of nature through computational means, sparking dialogue on humanity’s relationship with the environment.

CPH:DOX’s 21st edition set new records with over 200 films, an audience of 125,000, and 2,000 industry professionals, reaffirming its status as a beacon of innovative storytelling and social discourse.

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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