Ava DuVernay is the first shared recipient of the CIFCC’s Impact Award


On Wednesday, January 4th on WGN Radio’s “The Nick Digilio Show,” CIFCC co-director Don Shanahan announced the winners of the Trailblazer and Impact Awards for the first annual CIFCC Awards.

In a tie, Ava DuVernay, the director of the documentary 13th, was named winner a recipient of the Impact Award. The award honors a person whose work has had a positive impact on society. We have a voting body of 28 critics in the greater Chicago area who are committed to promoting not only excellence in film but also independence and diversity.

Some of the rationale statements on Ms. DuVernay from our voting critics:

Educational, eye-opening, and anger-inducing. Should be a required course in 2016. The juxtaposition of generations of systemic segregation and racism, in all it’s forms, is striking. Seems all the more relevant this year.”

“There need to be more movies that open the blind eyes of others to Americas horrific history of racial injustice. 13TH is that movie. To think that there are some that would say “I’m not going to watch 13TH because I’m sick of talking about race”. We should grab those people by the shoulders and make them watch this documentary. It is essential viewing for everyone.”

“13TH brought light to corners that had been shadowed too long.”

“Ava made what I believe is the most important documentary of the decade”

We will hold an informal reception on the evening of Sunday, January 8th at 7pm at which the winners will be officially announced.  

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