Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield Documentary Festival 2021

13 June 2021Sheffield



The silence of the Mole / El silencio del Topo

Directed by Anaïs Taracena

Special Mention: 

Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land! / Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: Essa Terra É Nossa! 

Directed by Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu and Roberto Romero, Brazil

Presented by Sheffield Doc/FestDogwoof and the Tim Hetherington Trust, this award recognises a film and filmmaker, which best reflects journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy.


Director Anaïs Taracena says of The silence of the Mole:

“The Silence of the Mole” is the search for a memory that has been hidden, a reflection on the silences that remain in our bodies in a post-war country through the story of Elías Barahona, a.k.a. “The Mole,” a journalist who infiltrated the heart of one of the most repressive governments in Guatemalan history.



GEORGE AMPONSAH  multiple award winning BAFTA nominated filmmaker 

POOJA RANGAN an Associate Professor of English in Film & Media Studies at Amherst College 


The award recognizes a film and filmmaker which best reflects journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy. The given criteria are not intended as a checklist for the winning title to adhere to. These are individual guiding qualities in the spirit of this award, that may inform your selection and recognition of a winning title.

  • Inquiry: investigation and inquiry is favored above affirmation of received understanding - Fresh insights: The film subject isn’t required to be novel, however the film must introduce a new perspective and new understanding to this subject

  • Humanitarian angle: the film must offer an honest representation of personal experience and/or appreciation for the dignity of the subject

  • Courageous: the award should recognise physical, political and emotional bravery by the filmmaker and/or the subject, but should not reward foolhardiness nor arrogance. Commitment and fortitude can be compassionate and respectful.



Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield Documentary Festival 2021