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Sundance winners: Tales of racial tension and HIV-stricken kids
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Director and Screenwriter Ryan Coogler makes a speech after his film "Fruitvale" won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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(right) Director Steve Hoover motions toward Rocky Braat after "Blood Brother", in which Braat was featured, won the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Cast and crew of "Fruitvale" celebrate on stage after winning the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director and screenwriter of "Fruitvale", Ryan Coogler makes a speech on stage after winning the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Director and screenwriter of "Fruitvale", Ryan Coogler makes a speech on stage after winning the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Rocky Braat makes a speech after "Blood Brother", in which he was featured, won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director Steve Hoover makes a speech after his film "Blood Brother" won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Director and Screenwriter Ryan Coogler makes a speech after his film "Fruitvale" won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Director and Screenwriter Ryan Coogler makes a speech after his film "Fruitvale" won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, gives a speech during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director Grzegorz Zariczny makes a speech after winning the The Short Film Grand Jury Prize for his film "The Whistle" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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(middle) Director Mike Lerner celebrates winning A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit for his film "Pussy Riot-A Punk Prayer" during the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Editor Ben Stark accepts the Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony for his film "The Summit" at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director Tinatin Gurchiani accepts the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary for her film "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director Kalyanee Mam accepts the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary for her film " A River Changes Course" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director Srdan Golubovic accepts the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for his film "Circles" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Michael Englert accepts the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic for the film "Lasting" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director and screenwriter Barmak Akram celebrates receiving the Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic for his film "Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director and screenwriter Chad Hartigan accepts the Audience Award: Best of Next during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony takes a picture with an award winner on the stage during the ceremony at the Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director Sean Ellis thanks his mother after accepting the Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic for his film "Metro Manila" during the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director and screenwriter Lake Bell accepts the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic for her film "In a World..." during the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director and screenwriter Lake Bell accepts the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic for her film "In a World..." during the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
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Director Jill Soloway accepts the Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic for her film "Afternoon Delight" during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.
(Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Editor Ben Stark accepts the Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary during the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony for his film "The Summit" at Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse Recreation Center in Park City on January 26, 2013.

Park City • A young black man whose life ended too soon and Indian children whose lives are being cut short by AIDS were prominent in the big award winners Saturday night at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Writer-director Ryan Coogler’s "Fruitvale" won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition. The film is a gritty portrayal of the last day in the life of Oscar Julius Grant III, a 22-year-old Oakland resident shot to death by a Bay Area Rapid Transit policeman on New Year’s Day 2009 — an incident that brought national focus to racial tensions in the San Francisco area.

In his acceptance speech, Coogler gave thanks to the Bay Area, "where Oscar Grant lived, breathed, slept, loved, and survived for 22 years."

Coogler also praised the Sundance Institute, which nurtured the film through its Filmmakers Lab programs and at the festival. He singled out the other directors he met at the labs and this week in Park City.

"We formed crazy relationships through those labs, crazy relationships at this festival," Coogler said. "I hope to keep in touch with those directors for the rest of my life."

"Blood Brother," director Steve Hoover’s intimate look at his friend Rocky Braat’s volunteer work in an Indian orphanage for HIV-infected children, also made the rare double-shot — taking both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary competition.

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"It is so encouraging for the kids," Braat said from the podium. "Their lives are so challenging. They die and no one remembers their names."

Hoover also said proceeds from the film will go to help the kids Braat works with in India. "I can’t wait to see the difference we can make in the world doing this," Hoover said.

Grand Jury Prize winners in the World Cinema categories were: The South Korean drama "Jiseul," about island residents forced to relocate; and the Cambodian-made documentary "A River Changes Course," which shows the lives of peasants dealing with overfishing, deforestation and the global economy.

The World Cinema Audience Awards went to the Filipino urban drama "Metro Manila" and the documentary "The Square," which followed the lives of protesters in Egypt’s "Arab Spring" protests.

The Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary category went to Zachary Heinzerling for "Cutie and the Boxer," a fond portrait of "action painter" Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko, an artist coming into her own.

Comedies directed by women won big at Saturday’s awards ceremony. Jill Soloway won the U.S. Dramatic directing prize for her sexually charged suburban comedy "Afternoon Delight." And director-writer-star Lake Bell won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for "In a World…," a sharp comedy about a woman voice-over artist trying to break through in a male-dominated business.

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