Prison documentary wins Canadian TV prize

Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:31pm EDT
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - A documentary about a Canadian man wrongly jailed and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia drew top honors at Canada's TV awards Monday.

"Confessions of an Innocent Man" was named best biographical documentary at the Gemini Awards in Toronto. It is based on the memoir by William Sampson, who was tortured and imprisoned for almost three years in the Islamic kingdom on a variety of terrorism-related charges.

Other winners during the documentary, news and sports programing portion included Peter Raymont's "A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman," a biography of the veteran Chilean-American writer and human rights activist. It was named best social/political documentary.

Awards in the lifestyle, children's and youth categories will be handed out on Tuesday, and in drama, variety and comedy on Wednesday.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Maricopa County female inmates are padlocked by the ankle for chain gang duty in Phoenix, Arizona October 21, 2003. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>