The Amnesty International “IMPACT PRIZE 2015” has been attributed to Denis Delestrac for his documentary “Sand Wars”, on the occasion of the 22nd edition of the FIGRA (Festival International du Grand Reportage d’Actualite et du documentaire de societe).
According to the jury, “beyond a global awareness of a little-known issue, this film highlights the urgency of placing human rights at the heart of the debate on the environment. An issue that the United Nations Environment Programme seized after the release of the film. In awarding this prize, the jury wishes to distinguish the rigor of an exemplary investigation that reveals exceptional evidences and sheds light on practices that affect populations whose rights are violated or threatened around the world due to the overexploitation of the resource.”
This year’s jury of the prestigious award was chaired by Amnesty International’s communication director Bertin Leblanc, and composed of Marie-Monique Robin, director of “The World according to Monsanto”, Claude Guibal, head of foreign service at France Culture, Michael Zumstein, photojournalist affiliated with the VU agency and Douglas Herbert, journalist at France 24..