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DOK Leipzig 2013

C(us)todians

Healthy Workplaces Film Award

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) presented its fifth Healthy Workplaces Film Award at the 56th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) in November 2013.

The prize for best documentary on work-related topics was awarded to Aly Muritiba from Brazil for his film C(us)todians.

"Hazardous, unpredictable, stressful and uncertain, the filmmaker is so close to the characters that he provides a real sense of belonging, an insider view of the struggle to manage a challenging and potentially explosive work environment. 

"Underfunded, under-resourced and over-worked, the caretakers and custodians are constantly fire-fighting. As the film unfolds through its strong observation, unique access to its characters, distressing sounds and a colour palette to match the shades of grey inside the prison, the main protagonist becomes our guiding 'Guardian Angel' ”.

Peter Riimer is pictured left with fellow jury members Nelima Mathur and Joachim Kuehne.