By: Rory Peck Trust
Although the entries for this year’s Rory Peck Awards reflect the Iraq war, these awards prove once again that it is the freelancers who, with courage and passionate involvement, are committed to recording ongoing conflicts and issues around the world.
The Sony International Impact Award
Ibrahim El Batout "Mass Graves in Iraq"
This footage shows the discovery of the mass graves in Iraq and the efforts of relatives to identify the victims.
In his pictures, Ibrahim El Batout has not only captured the terror of the Saddam regime, but also the grief and hope of the relatives of the missing family members as they search for any remains of their loved ones.
Ibrahim El Batout's comments:
"When we shot this documentary it was relatively safe. For me it was a deja-vu of other mass graves I filmed before in Guatemala, Bosnia and Kosovo.
So it enhanced my idea about war where blood always looked red and bones always had the same colours, structures and smell, where suffering made no distinction of its victims age, colour, religion or ethnic background."