My Thai Bride has won the prize for Best Mid-Length Documentary at the 2012 Hot Docs Festival.
On awarding the prize the jury said, “My Thai Bride is a film that takes the story of an unlikely couple and through subtle analysis extends their human dramas into a moving examination of political, cultural and economic power dynamics. It is a film that destabilises its viewer’s empathy through a nuanced and even-handed portrayal of charged, contradictory terrain, and reframes who exactly is the conqueror and conquered.”
Producer / Director David Tucker accepted the award at the festival’s award ceremony on 4 May.
“When we started making this documentary we initially just hoped that it would be watchable. That would have been good enough for our first attempt at a feature length doco,” said David. “When we got selected for screening at HotDocs, that was beyond all expectations. So to win a prize is such a thrill.”
Hot Docs is the Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival with this year’s audience numbers reaching an estimated 165,000. The festival was held in Toronto from 26 April-6 May.