"We Are Together" Wins Audience Award

A still from Cadillac Award winner "We Are Together" directed by Paul Taylor. Paul Taylor

"We Are Together (Thina Simunye)" a documentary film from the U.K., received the Cadillac Award on Saturday, when the HBO produced documentary "The Gates" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film explores the lives of children in the South Africa Agape Orphanage, many of whom are AIDS orphans. Director Paul Taylor and producer Teddy Leifer said they will dedicate their $25,000 cash prize to school fees for the Agape children.

The 6th annual Tribeca Film Festival, founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, closed on Sunday. Many of the winners were announced Thursday evening at an awards dinner in downtown New York.

The Tunisian film "Making Of" won for both screenplay and best actor. Written and directed by Nouri Bouzid, the film stars Lofti Edbelli as a break dancer who falls in with a fundamentalist group that intends to make him a terrorist.

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"Taxi to the Dark Side," a documentary detailing the Bush administration's policies on prison torture, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday. The Jewish drama "My Father My Lord," directed by David Volach, won the Founders Award for best narrative feature. The film follows an Orthodox rabbi struggling to keep his faith and family.

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst's directorial debut won the festival's "Made in NY" award for his film "The Education of Charlie Banks."

The documentary "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory" won the "NY Loves Film" award, while the narrative film "The Killing of John Lennon" won a special jury recognition for the "Made in NY" category.

Mexico's Enrique Begne was honored as the best new narrative filmmaker for his "Two Embraces." And Armenia's Vardan Hovhannisyan was chosen as the best new documentary filmmaker for "A Story of People in War & Peace."

This year's Festival included 157 features and 88 short films from 47 countries.

Chris Cooper, Edie Falco, Goran Paskaljevic, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Barry Sonnenfeld were the judges in the World Narrative category. Whoopi Goldberg and Gideon Yago were among the jurors in the World Documentary category.

  • Amy Bonawitz

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