Barry Lank Memorial Award Winner: Filmmaker Leona Krahn; Film: “While We Can: The Road to Rescue”

Jury Honorable Mentions:

  • Rahman Nilufer for “I Am: A Spoken Word Story”
  • Allison Stevens for “Love Starved: More Than Fat” 

DOC Manitoba is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Barry Lank Memorial Award to Winnipeg filmmaker Leona Krahn for her documentary “While We Can: The Road to Rescue.” The award provides a $1,500 cash prize for the winner. The jury also recognized two honorable mentions Rahman Nilufer for “I Am: A Spoken Word Story” and Allison Stevens for “Love Starved: More Than Fat”.

“While We Can: The Road to Rescue” tells the story of two incredible individuals, both seniors from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who are dedicating their lives to rescuing refugees through Hospitality House Refugee Ministry. Shot over six months, the film captures their day to day work, challenges and compassion for the men, women and children they help save from myriad countries, mostly African. Tom Denton has played a role in the rescue of 40,000 refugees to Canada and is a world expert on the topic of private sponsorship. Canada is the only country in the world that allows private sponsorship of refugees; this film gives rare insight into how it all works.

Watch a video Q&A with Leona Krahn talking about her award-winning documentary: “While We Can: The Road to Rescue”:

The inaugural Barry Lank Memorial Award is presented by DOC Manitoba. The award is given to those who have shown exemplary work in the social awareness / social justice film genre as showcased in a particular documentary film. It is named in honour of Barry Lank csc, a Winnipeg-born film director and producer. The award recognizes a documentary that embodies Barry’s dedication to the craft and passion for storytelling.

Barry was a cornerstone of the entire Manitoba film industry. It’s impossible to overstate how much he did, or the positive impact he had on so many people. He was always trusting, supportive, and open, a powerful presence in a very unassuming manner. The entire local industry would look very different without his participation. He was fundamental to shaping the way it is now, and the success of the entire production community owes a lot to the encouragement and appreciation he gave to so many young and aspiring crew members.

The Barry Lank Memorial Award is sponsored by Frank Digital, Merit Motion Pictures, and Luanne and Hannah Lank. 

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