A chance for an Oscar and another award. The end of the year was really successful for Maciek Hamela. Recently, the documentary was recognised at the Chicago International Film Festival, where it received the Silver Hugo Award.

The Chicago International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in North America. It was founded by Michael Kutze and first held in 1964. The event aims to promote new creative voices. With an extremely rich program, it features various genres, aesthetics, and perspectives from around the world.

This year, Maciek Hamela's film was invited to the documentary competition. The documentary captivated the jury and won the Silver Hugo Award. 

In the Rearview is a gripping social documentary and an authentic portrait of human migration, where most of the film takes place in the back seat of a van which the director had used to transport more than 400 Ukrainians to safety. Among the many cinematic depictions of war that have been – and will be – created, In the Rearview is simply a collection of moving stories, shown without unnecessary fanfare and extraneous narration. And most importantly, it brims with hope.

You can read more about the festival here.