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Pulitzer Center Update April 3, 2014

"The Abominable Crime" Wins Audience Award for Best Documentary


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Jamaica has the reputation of being one of the most violently anti-gay countries on earth. Male...

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Simone Edwards at a refugee camp in Holland. Image by Common Good Productions. Netherlands, 2013.

"The Abominable Crime" received the Audience Award for Best Documentary and a special mention in the juried awards at 'Roze Filmdagen,' Amsterdam's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The full-length documentary explores homophobia in Jamaica through the lives of Simone Edwards, who survives a hate crime shooting and flees the country to the Netherlands to protect herself and her daughter, and Maurice Tomlinson, a human rights lawyer whose marriage exposes him to personal danger. The documentary was supported by the Pulitzer Center from its earliest stages. The documentary grew out of a grant in 2009 from the Pulitzer Center to director Micah Fink to cover HIV in Jamaica, which resulted in the "Glass Closet" series for WNET's World Focus program.

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