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Prize of the Jury for the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution for the best documentary about the subject of democracy
Fragments d’une révolution (Fragments of a Revolution) von anonymous (Frankreich)
The Jury awards the prize to the film „Fragments of a Revolution" of the production firm Mille et une Films of Gilles Padovani. The film takes us close to the events around the Green Revolution in Iran in the summer of 2009. It opens a window on a country with a repressive regime and without a free public sphere, a country still awaiting its change to democracy.
The film invents and uses special artistic means by integrating the opportunities the Web 2.0 offers. The director generates a montage of films shot on a mobile phone camera as well as footage downloaded from YouTube and from the official Iranian TV programme, all of which being contrasted with each other. The whole film is covered by an e-mail dialog between two people, one of them living in the French exile, the other one in Iran, thus making a contribution to create a counter public sphere.
The film shows how important the Internet is as a platform for documenting political protest against vicious suppression.
„Fragments of a Revolution" has been made with a great deal of courage, dedication and personal involvement against all odds as well as restrictions against the freedom of press and opinion. No wonder that the filmmaker(s), the people responsible for the script and the camera as well as the editors must remain anonymous to protect themselves.
By awarding its prize, the Jury would also like to emphasize that the people involved in making this film, who showed their opposition to permanent suppression and the rigorous denial of fundamental democratic rights in Iran, have set an example by showing such a high degree of civil courage und by running an enormous personal risk.
Find additional information on the film here.