Awards given at the 16th Human Rights Film Festival in Geneva

March 19, 2018

The FIFDH just announced the OFFICIAL AWARDS of its 16th festival (2018) in Geneva. [https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2018/02/27/16th-international-film-festival-and-forum-on-human-rights-starts-on-9-march/]. Here a summary:GRAND GENEVA AWARD

Offered by the City and Canton of Geneva (10’000 CHF) 

Stranger in Paradise, by Guido Hendrikx

“For its innovative form and cuttingly intelligent engagement with the key moral issue facing the world today. Stranger in Paradise is packed with argument and information as well as being deeply affecting. It stayed with each of us, and we imagine it will trigger vigorous and fresh debate. It carries within it the possibility of reigniting our relationship to the concept of inalienable rights and deserves to be seen as widely as possible.”

GILDA VIEIRA DE MELLO AWARD, AS A TRIBUTE TO HER SON SERGIO VIEIRA DE MELLO

Offered by the Barbara Hendricks Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation (5’000 CHF)

The Cleaners, by Moritz Riesewieck et Hans Block

This film explores the intricate issues presented by the rapidly accelerating digital matrix that resists regulation, let alone true comprehension. This film challenges each of us as individuals to understand our own positions within the tentacles of the new information-industrial complex.”

SPECIAL MENTIONS OF THE CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY JURY

The Silence of Others, by Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar

“This work is a visually striking and poignant exploration of the long search for justice. We were moved by the representation of enduring commitment, the potential inter-nationality of law and the importance of – and the opportunities offered by – Universal Jurisdiction.”

The Other Side of Everything, by Mila Turajlic

“A film that offers a portrait of one extraordinary lifetime of activism and engagement, a recognition that the fight for justice is punctuated by frequent disappointments and failures that must be overcome. It is a beautifully crafted gem of a film that honors family, principles and the value of home in the midst of a constantly changing world.”

YOUTH JURY AWARD – DOCUMENTARY 

Offered by the Peace Brigades International (PBI) (CHF 500)

The Distant Barking of Dogs, by Simon Lereng-Wilmont

“For its poetic side that touched us, and its image quality that plunges us into an emotional story. The story of a war close to home, which we do not hear enough about. A story from the perspective of children, which transports us into a constant aesthetic research in the middle of the Ukrainian conflict. A childhood story that is confronted with a tragic reality.”

FICTION GRAND AWARD

Offered by the Hélène and Victor Barbour Foundation (CHF 10’000)

Los versos del olvido, by Alireza Khatami

“This film deals with a timeless subject, namely the difficulty of living under a dictatorship. But also of dying there. The director explores this serious subject with an impressive aesthetic approach.”

YOUTH JURY AWARD – FICTION

Offered by the Eduki Foundation (CHF 500)

Matar a Jesús, by Laura Mora

“This feature has particularly moved us by its remarkable aestheticism and its ability to convey the feelings of the protagonists through images.The director was able to free herself from the stereotypes and codes of a youth confronted with daily violence. The evolution of relationships between characters is fueled by excellent acting.”

GRAND REPORTAGE AWARD

Offered by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) (CHF 5’000)

Awarded by the OMCT Jury, to a filmmaker from the Grand Reportage section, whose film demonstrates his commitment to human rights, and to support the writing of his/her next film.

Libye – Anatomie d’un crime
, by Cécile Allegra

This film dissects the doubly unfair paradox of torture – in addition to being tortured, the victims are locked in silence. Because they cannot understand what they have suffered, for fear of reprisals and because of the shame that overwhelms them, especially in Libya where victims suffer sexual torture. This film shows how vital the investigators’ work is in providing justice to relieve these victims and prevent new crimes.

CHAMP-DOLLON JURY PRIZE

Free Men, by Anne-Frédérique Widmann

BRENAZ JURY PRIZE

A l’Ecole des philosophes, by Fernand Melgar

CLAIRIÈRE JURY PRIZE

Stranger, by Kenneth Michiels 

HUG HOSPITAL JURY PRIZE

Les enfants de la Jungle, by Stéphane Marchetti et Thomas Dandois. 

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for more on these awards see: https://www.fifdh.org/site/en/2018-edition/official-awards-2018

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