The Art of Now: Guantanamo｜Sarah Geis
Mansoor Adayfi spent 15 years imprisoned without charge at the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay. He takes us behind the headlines, telling the story of his years there through the artwork made by himself and other men detained as part of the “war on terror.”
Sarah Geis is an audio producer, editor, and teacher based in Chicago. She is a former artistic director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
Judge Michael Stewart said: “This is a great example of how radio can bring a world into being. Beautifully crafted, it tells a shocking story that makes us confront the appalling consequences of choices that our political leaders have made in our name.“
Deaf Heart｜Georgia Moodie
2018 Joint Runner-up
Jodee Mundy is the only person in her family who can hear, and ever since she was little, she has moved between the Deaf community and mainstream society, feeling a little out of place in both.
Georgia Moodie is a producer at Australia’s ABC RN, where she currently makes long-form stories for RN’s documentary programs.
Judge Hardeep Singh Kohli said: “Beautiful told and thoughtfully crafted, Deaf Heart was a kaleidoscope of entertaining, educational and evocative listening. The bringing together of disparate source material, material that could have (in less skilled hands) weighed the narrative down, were seemlessly crafted into a charming and insightful listen.”
The Messenger (Episode 2)｜Michael Green & Abdul Aziz Muhamat
2018 Joint Runner-up
From Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre, The Messenger brings you into the Australian immigration detention centre on Manus Island – and reveals, in intimate detail, one man’s experience of what it’s really like to flee tragedy and seek asylum by boat.
Abdul Aziz Muhamat is a 26-year-old man from Sudan who was forcibly transferred to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, by the Australian government after seeking asylum.
Michael Green is a journalist based in Melbourne.
Judge Johanna Zorn said: “At the heart of this programme is Aziz Abdul Muhamat, an engaging guide to the infamous immigration centre on Manus Island where he is currently a detainee. Evocative and incredibly important, The Messenger creates a level of intimacy that fully immerses the listener in this relatively little-known story.”