Houston Independent International Film Festival
"The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan," has won the REMI- Special Jury Prize at the Houston Worldfest which is the oldest independent film festival in the world.
Afghan Massacre - The Convoy of Death wins Special Jury Award ; 21st 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.
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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