Updated 03:46 AM EST, Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Latin America Cinema Shines at 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards

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While the Oscars might have come under fire for its "lack of diversity," there is nothing but love for the recent 2016 Sundance Awards. It became apparent that Latin America dominated this year's Sundance Film Awards.

Latin America continues to show its dominance in various prestigious film events. This year, it continued its winning streak at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Interesting and high-brow films were shown, from dirty-minded politicians to revolts against slavery. The event was a celebration of film at its finest.

Remezcla reports that the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize was awarded to the Colombian film, "Embrace of the Serpent." The Academy Award nominated film was directed by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in the Amazonia region of Colombia, the film is said to be "a soulful, strange and stunning discovery," via Jessica Kiang of Indiewire

The World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Screenwriting went to Uruguay and Argentina's "Mi Amiga del Parque." Directed by Ana Katz, the drama film tells of the budding friendship between nursing mothers Liza and Rosa, who both embark on a journey of liberation together.

"Between Sea and Land" took home the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award. Directed by Carlos del Castillo, the narrative tells of a man stricken with an illness who longs for the sea. Sadly, his illness prevents him from doing so.

Heidi Brandenburg and Matthew Orzel took home the prize for Special Jury Prize for Debut Feature for the documentary "When Two Worlds Collide." The Peru documentary tells of the struggles of an indigenous leader against former Peruvian president Alan Garcia. 

Here is a complete list of the Latin American winners in the recently concluded 2016 Sundance Film Festival. 

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize -- "Embrace of the Serpent" directed by Ciro Guerra.

Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic -- "Between Sea and Land" directed by Carlos del Castillo

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting -- Vicky Hernandez and Manolo Cruz for "Between Sea and Land"

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting -
 -Inés Bortagaray and Ana Katz for "Mi Amiga del Parque"

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Debut Feature -- "When Two Worlds Collide" directed by Mathew Orzel and Heidi Brandenburg

Independent cinema is in itself, diverse. While people may criticize of the lack of diversity in various industries, there are those who say that action is more effective than debate.

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