Insyriated (In Syria): Tale of Syrian Household Under Siege Wins Audience Award

Insyriated, a drama from Belgian director Philippe van Leeuw about a Syrian household under siege during the civil war, took the top prize for fiction voted on by the festival’s  250,000 cinema goers.

Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, an examination of U.S. race relations told through the work of writer James Baldwin picked up the audience award for best documentary. I Am Not Your Negro is nominated for an Oscar in the best documentary category. Both films screened in Berlin’s Panorama sidebar.

Runners up in the audience vote were:

Naoko Ogigami’s Close Knit, which came second in the drama section.

For documentaries, Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s Chavela, a portrait of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas.