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AFI Docs Announces Audience Award Winners

AFI Docs officially wrapped up yesterday, and at last, its victors have emerged. Festival organizers announced the Audience Award winners this morning.

Best Feature award winner The New Black examines the growing divide over homosexuality in the African-American community. Filmmaker Yoruba Richen focuses on the battle between sides as Marylanders prepared to vote for marriage equality in the 2012 general election. Watch the trailer online, featuring the dulcet tones of WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi.

The Best Short winner, Slomo, profiles John Kitchin, a 69-year-old California man who gave up a lucrative career as a doctor to pursue his personal joy. In his case, that means coasting up and down the Pacific Beach boardwalk on rollerblades while grinning at passersby. Read Christopher Heller's review of the film on our website.

Other films selected for the "Best of the Fest" include Life According to Sam, Gideon's Army, Our Nixon, God Loves Uganda, The Crash Reel, Best Kept Secret, American Revolutionary, McCullin, Let the Fire Burn, After Tiller, Mistaken for Strangers, and Running from Crazy.

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