DIG Awards 2021

Finalists: Short

For video investigations and reportages, both released and unreleased, of a maximum duration of 15 minutes.

Moruroa files

Disclose | France 2021 | 5′

France has consistently underestimated the devastating impact of its nuclear tests in French Polynesia in the 1960s and 70s, according to groundbreaking new research that could allow more than 100,000 people to claim compensation. France conducted 193 nuclear tests from 1966 to 1996 at Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls in French Polynesia, including 41 atmospheric tests until 1974 that exposed the local population, site workers and French soldiers to high levels of radiation. By crunching the data from 2,000 pages of recently declassified French defence ministry documents, analysing maps, photos and other records, and carrying out dozens of interviews in France and French Polynesia, Disclose and Interprt have meticulously reconstructed three key nuclear tests and their fallout.

The Weapon’s Power

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) | Egypt 2020 | 12′

“The Weapon’s Power” documents how dozens of weapons manufactured in the UAE​ and Turkey were sent to the two warring parties in Libya, in violation of UN resolutions that prohibit the supply of weapons to the country.

The Killing of Zineb Redouane

Disclose, Forensic Architecture | Uk/France 2020 | 11′

On 1 December 2018, on the margins of a gilets jaunes protest in Marseille, 80-year-old Zineb Redouane was struck in the face by a tear gas grenade as she was standing at the window of her fourth-floor apartment. The following day, she died in hospital. In May 2020, a new element was added to judicial investigation that was ongoing: the report of a ballistics expert, intended to establish whether the officer who fired the shot, a member of France’s CRS riot police, had followed procedure. The report clears the officer, who has still not been identified. Using elements of that report, and a detailed 3D model of the scene, Disclose and Forensic Architecture re-examined the case, reconstructing the precise sequence of events before, during, and after the killing.

Sofie’s Case

SVT | Sweden 2020 | 10′

When Sofie went to school on a Thursday in February, she did not know that she would not be allowed to come home again. In desperate messages, she writes: “Just want to go home”. But even though she had lived with her foster parents since birth, she had no right to even see them. Her story shows how vulnerable foster children are, stuck in a legal intermediary between those who are guardians on paper and the upbringing family. A family they see as their mother and father. Sofie is far from alone. Through a unique set of data on foster placed children, we were able to show that this concerns thousands of children, who never get the legal right to a new family. Instead, they are moved around. The review led to Borlänge municipality being criticized by the Health and Social Care Inspectorate. It also gave Sofie, and other children in her situation, the right to a lawyer and a trial. Since the report she has won her first trial and awaits a ruling in a higher court.

Untold stories behind screen dreams

Asaad Al-Zalzali | Iraq 2020 | 14′

In Iraq, women working in media are subjected to physical and mental harassment. The Iraqi society blames who tries to speak the truth and scares victims into silence, while the press and media institutions fail to recognize the truth. This film tells the stories of female journalists who spoke out about harassment and violence behind the scenes of the Iraqi media industry.

The video evidence of how French police sabotaged a Paris demonstration

Mediapart | France 2020 | 9′

Mediapart has gathered and analysed hundreds of videos taken during a demonstration staged in Paris on December 12th 2020 against the French government’s controversial “global security” law. Our investigation shows the unlawful nature of dozens of police charges carried out that day. It also documents the arbitrary arrests of demonstrators, baton blows given for no reason and the misleading statements made by interior minister Gérald Darmanin, especially over the nature and outcome of the arrests made. Sébastien Bourdon, Camille Polloni, Antton Rouget and Antoine Schirer investigate.