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WorldFest Houston Film Festival 2004
Afghan Massacre -The Convoy of Death wins Special Jury Award 2004
21 April 2004
 
WorldFest Houston Film Festival 2004 Gold Special Jury Award.

Afghan Massacre – The Convoy of Death, winner for documentary in the independent theatrical feature films and video category.

 
 
WorldFest Houston Film Festival 2004
 
Afghan Massacre -The Convoy of Death tells of the horrific forced journey undertaken by thousands of prisoners who surrendered to America’s Afghan allies after the siege of Konduz.


Bundled into containers, the lucky ones were shot within minutes. The rest suffered an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, clawing at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank blood from open wounds.


Up to 3,000 now lie buried in a mass grave, but this was not a simple matter of Afghans killing Afghans.

Afghan Massacre -The Convoy of Death tells of how American special forces took control of the operation, re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried.

And it details how the Pentagon lied to the world in order to cover up its role in the greatest atrocity of the entire Afghan War. This is the documentary they did not want you to see.

Afghan Massacre -The Convoy of Death was produced over ten months in extremely dangerous circumstances: eyewitnesses were threatened, the film crew went into hiding and our researcher was savagely beaten to within an inch of his life.


About WorldFest Houston Film Festival

WorldFest was founded 44 years ago as an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Independent filmmakers.

Hunter Todd has been honoured with more than 115 international awards for creative excellence in film production, and he has been the producer, director, writer and/or cameraman on more than 300 motion picture and video productions.

The mission/vision statement of WorldFest is to recognise and honour outstanding creative excellence in film & video, to validate brilliant abilities and to promote cultural tourism for Houston, to develop film production in the region and to add to the rich cultural fabric of the city of Houston. All members of the WorldFest staff are filmmakers.
 
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NY Festivals Gold Word Medal
New York Festivals
Need For Speed wins top award at New York Festivals 2004
01 February 2004
 
'Need For Speed' Gold World Medal Award winner for National & International Affairs at New York Festivals 2004.
 
Controversial film exposing US military's use of mind-bending drugs during wartime wins Gold World Medal at the 2004 New York Festivals.
 
A documentary film which accuses the US military of forcing drugs on its servicemen and women, has won one of America's top industry awards - despite an unwillingness amongst US broadcasters to air the controversial report. (The film has been broadcast in numerous countries worldwide, including Australia, France, Germany and Canada.)

The latest Jamie Doran production, 'The Need for Speed' exposes how the Pentagon has been issuing a concoction of mind-altering drugs to its soldiers and airmen, resulting in the deaths of allied forces, innocent civilians and, almost certainly, their own men.

Amphetamines, sedatives, anti-nerve agents, adrenaline and a whole variety of vaccines, including anthrax, make up a cocktail of chemicals banned by civilian authorities in the ordinary workplace, yet forced upon pilots flying multi-million dollar jets into combat and Special Forces soldiers operating behind enemy lines.

Incidents investigated include a multitude of unexplained friendly-fire 'mistakes' and innocent civilian deaths. This documentary examines the true human costs of wars fought on drugs.

Interviews include former Air Force Chief of Staff, General Merrill 'Tony' McPeak, who banned these drugs only to see them re-introduced soon after his retirement.

In an extraordinary investigation, American military personnel speak for the first time to explain how they were used as guinea pigs in wars ranging from Panama, the Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan and right up until the recent conflict in Iraq. These are not dissidents, nor are they unpatriotic: they love their country and were ready to give their lives in its service. But they can no longer stand by and watch their comrades suffer as the Pentagon pushes more and more drugs onto the frontline.


One serviceman states:

"They made me very brutal. They just made you do things that other normal human beings wouldn't do. They made you do things that, later in life, make you question your judgement at the time; and that's not an easy thing, to look back and question - did I do the right thing - because obviously you can't change it.

Reporter: "You killed people under the influence of drugs?"

"Yes."

Reporter: "Drugs given to you by the military?"

"Yes."


About the New York Festivals

The New York Festivals (NYF) oversees and runs six international awards competitions: Film & Video; Television Programming and Promotions; Radio Programming and Promotions; Television and Radio Advertising; Design and Print Advertising; and Interactive Media. Entries to each of these competitions are judged in the United States and around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. Gold, Silver and Bronze World Medals are awarded to the highest scoring entries in each category. Blue ribbon panels of judges and advisors select Grand Awards for each competition.

Founded in 1957, NYF now has representation in more countries than any other media competition. In 2003, it received over 14,200 entries from companies in 62 countries.
 
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Rory Peck Awards 2002
30 October 2002
 
The annual Rory Peck Awards ceremony took place at London’s National Film Theatre on Wednesday 30th October. The awards, again sponsored by Sony, celebrate the work, courage, skill and enterprise of freelance news cameramen and camerawomen throughout the world.
 
Hosted by Jon Snow from Channel 4 News, the evening saw presentations in the four award categories together with screenings of the award winning footage.

The Rory Peck Award for Hard News

This category honours freelance coverage of an event where the focus is on the immediacy of the action.
 
Najibullah Quaraishi Portrait
Najibullah Quaraishi
 
Winner - Najibullah Quaraishi (Afghan)
SAS Soldiers In Action In Afghanistan
Atlantic Celtic Films for ITN / Channel 4 News

"The degree of guile and cunning by Najibullah is beyond belief... He shows, in a way which we had not seen before, the viciousness and intensity of close combat fighting in Northern Afghanistan." Rory Peck Judges

Sony International Impact Award
This award honours a piece of freelance work from around the world that has had an impact on public opinion and (or) government policy.

Winner - Najibullah Quaraishi (Afghan)
SAS Soldiers In Action In Afghanistan
Atlantic Celtic Films for ITN / Channel 4 News

"Very in the spirit of Rory Peck - to keep filming whilst under fire, and to put yourself in danger - everyone else was in the compound, but he was up there, recording." Rory Peck Judges
 
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