The FIFDH announces the winners of its 15th edition
by Muriel Del Don
- The Grand Prix de Genève in the creative documentaries section was awarded to The War Show by Obaidah Zytoon and Andreas Dalsgaard
The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) gave this year’s undisputedly vast audience the opportunity to reflect, through film and various debates and meetings with international guests, on strong and often tragic topics. Film becomes a driving force that compels us to reflect on the world: on its beauty but also and above all on its cruel complexities. The FIFDH of Geneva this year brought us films imbued with reality, reflections on the world around us.
The Grand Prix de Genève in the creative documentaries section was awarded to The War Show [+see also:
interview: Andreas Dalsgaard
film profile] by Obaidah Zytoon and Andreas Dalsgaard, a courageous and aesthetically sublime Danish, Finnish and Syrian production. “This film remarkably reminds us of the beauty of commitment and engagement”, was the comment from the jury, moved to its core by a film that pays tribute to the bravery of an entire generation. I Am Not Your Negro [+see also:
film profile] by Raoul Peck was instead awarded the Gilda Vieira de Mello Award. A powerful and majestic film that reminds us of the importance of the fight for freedom and equality. The jury praised the strength and captivating beauty of the images, and the skilful way in which voices, archive footage and music are blended together. The Young Jury Award meanwhile went to The Good Postman [+see also:
film profile] by Finland-based Bulgarian director Tonislav Hristov. Turning to fictional films, those that stood out were Burning Birds [+see also:
film profile] by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara (Grand Prix Fiction and Human Rights and the Young Jury Award), a piece that bravely condemns the condition of women in war-torn countries, and The Cambridge Squatter [+see also:
film profile] by Eliane Caffé (Special Mention by the Jury), an original and magnificently explicit film on migrants.
A necessary festival that proposes film as a weapon of condemnation.
The winners of the FIFDH:
Creative documentaries section
Fiction and human rights section
Young Jury Award
Burning Birds – Sanjeewa Pushpakumara (Sri Lanka/France/the Netherlands/Qatar)
The World Organisation Against Torture Award
Silent War – Manon Loizeau and Annick Cojean (France)
(Translated from Italian)