Dutch documentary wins Berlinale prize

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The Dutch documentary Justice For Sergei has won Justice Award from Cinema for Peace at the Berlin film festival Berlinale.

Filmmakers Hans Hermans and Martin Maat received the prize from German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger on Monday evening.

Justice For Sergei tells the story of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died under suspicious circumstances in a Moscow prison in 2009. He had discovered the biggest tax fraud in Russian history which involved an amount of 230 million dollars.

Cinema for Peace is an international organisation which strives to increase awareness among the general public of the social importance of film. The members of the organisation’s committee include Mikhail Gorbachev, George Clooney en Paulo Coelho.

Last year, Justice For Sergei won first prize at the Docudays film festival in Kiev. The documentary has already been broadcast in ten countries.

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