BROSENS & WOODWORTH, Writers / Directors
Since 2001 Brosens & Woodworth have been an extraordinary duo of filmmakers. Their first fiction feature KHADAK won 20 international awards, including the 2006 Venice Film Festival’s Lion of the Future. The film was also nominated for the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Award. The acclaimed film was hailed for being “one of the most powerful film meditations ever”.
Peter Brosens (Belgium, 1962) first visited Peru in 1984 where he studied the invasion settlements of Lima. From 1988 until 1990 he worked in Ecuador studying migration, and in 1992 he investigated protest suicides in the Andes (his award-winning documentary EL CAMINO DEL TIEMPO is one of the results). Between 1993 and 1999 Peter produced and co-directed his internationally acclaimed Mongolia Trilogy (CITY OF THE STEPPES, STATE OF DOGS & POETS OF MONGOLIA). Together, these innovative documentaries received 23 awards, were selected for 100 festivals and were distributed around the globe. In 1998 STATE OF DOGS won the Grand Prix at the prestigious Visions du Réel Festival in Nyon.
Jessica Woodworth (United States, 1971) studied classical theatre and literature at Princeton University. In 1994 she began working in television in Paris and then worked as a documentary researcher and news stringer in China for several years. Jessica obtained an MA in documentary from Stanford University, which brought her to Mongolia to direct a documentary short, URGA SONG. In 2000 she received a Fulbright grant from the US government for THE VIRGIN DIARIES, a documentary shot in Morocco, which was nominated for the FIPRESCI Award at the 2002 International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA).