The Youth Jury of the Filmschule Leipzig e. V. awards the
Ayat Najafi (Germany, France) for the film
No Land’s Song
The composer and singer Sarah Najafi wants to stage a concert with female Iranian soloists in Tehran. However, the female solo voice is forbidden in Iran, so that Sarah calls in help from France and Tunesia. She tries for two years, together with French singers and a band, to get the approval for a concert from the Iranian authorities and the clergy.
Music and the spoken word play an important role in the film, with the music having a kind of leitmotiv nature, since it can reflect and express the emotions of the lady singers and their courageous protest against the Iranian government. In addition to that, the images have been intentionally faded out in some places of the film. The concentration on the sound expresses the fear of the protagonists particularly strongly. On the other hand, the thoughtful and deliberate change in the picture setting while jointly making music shows many touching moments that reflect the group’s calmness and hope.
The film proves to us that one ought to commit oneself to a common aim with perseverance, civil courage and solidarity, even if this is unwanted and poses risks.