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Extended Reality 2022
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[Posthuman Wombs]
Anna Fries, Malu Peeters
This auto-theoretical essay explores the womb of a posthuman, questioning stereotypical ideas of pregnancy and speculating about non-binary reproduction scenarios.
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[Posthuman Wombs]

[Posthuman Wombs]
Anna Fries, Malu Peeters
Extended Reality 2022
XR
Germany,
Netherlands,
Switzerland
2021
20 minutes
English

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Anna Fries
Malu Peeters
Anna Fries
Malu Peeters
Anna Fries
Lisa Kaschubat
Manuel Tozzi
Ambrus Ivanyos
Lisa Kaschubat
Manuel Tozzi
Danielle Williams
Ambrus Ivanyos
Malu Peeters
Anna Fries
Malu Peeters
Brandy Butler
Anna Fries
Olivia Hyunsin Kim
Ncube as Bibi
Fercha Pombo
Kübra Uzun
Wheelymum

The stereotypical idea of pregnancy is a challenge for persons who do not define themselves as female only. This auto-theoretical essay explores the future of the family and non-binary reproduction scenarios in which all bodies can become pregnant. We travel into the womb of a posthuman and follow speculations about the de-feminisation of childbearing.

Lars Rummel
Re-Visions 2020
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100 Years of Cinema
Heinrich Sabl
A short and entertaining foray through 100 years of international cinema history: an animated man takes a walk that leads us from the magic cylinder into legendary film scenes.
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100 Years of Cinema

100 Jahre Kino
Heinrich Sabl
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Germany
1994
3 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Heinrich Sabl
Heinrich Sabl
Hans Moser
Heinrich Sabl
Sven Pannicke

Cinema turned 100. With his homage Heinrich Sabl went one short step further back into the prehistory of cinematography for a run-up. Individual images are set in motion in a praxinoscope, invented by Émile Reynaud in 1877. A pedestrian seizes this illusion as an occasion to walk out of the magic cylinder through scenes from international film history.

Ralph Eue
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Witty
Doc Alliance Award 2022
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5 Dreamers and a Horse
Vahagn Khachatryan, Aren Malakyan
Four people embody the contrasting faces of Armenia today. However different their dreams may be, they are all about freedom and self-determination.
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5 Dreamers and a Horse

5 yerazoghnery yev dzin
Vahagn Khachatryan, Aren Malakyan
Doc Alliance Award 2022
Documentary Film
Armenia,
Germany
2022
82 minutes
Armenian
subtitles: 
English

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Vahagn Khachatryan
Aren Malakyan
Vahagn Khachatryan
Eva Blondiau
Vahagn Khachatryan
Aren Malakyan
Andranik Sahakyan
Jonathan Darch
Federico Delpero Bejar
Avet Terteryan
Rafael Tunyan

The four people introduced by Aren Malakyan and Vahagn Khachatryan in their debut feature-length film embody the contrasting faces of Armenia today. Some of them are making plans for the future that might even be realised, others strive for seemingly unattainable ideals. What unites them all is the dream of a self-determined life – a near-impossibility in a country where the government tries to control everything and everyone.

Melania, in her mid-sixties, works as a lift operator in a Yerevan hospital and longs for a late career as a cosmonaut. In a way, she seems to be an anachronistic remnant of the Soviet age. The deep country, still ruled by ancient traditions and ideas of happiness, is represented by the farmer Karen, who is looking for the best of all possible wives. And Amasia and Sona own the night over the roofs of the capital. They are part of a new generation ready to fight for a future in which some liberties can be obtained despite a suffocating patriarchy. Occasionally amused, but never judgmental, the two filmmakers watch their native country dream.
Lina Dinkla
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Gender Norms
Work Hard Play Hard
State of the World
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75/1

75/1
Till Kleinau
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
27 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Till Kleinau
Friederike Dörffler
Katja Tauber
Christophe Poulles
Friederike Dörffler
Maximilian Rodegra

“Boo” – the name is as unusual as the sound is special. The avant-garde composer Harry Partch invented instruments for micro-sounds and completely new musical experiences. The musician and instrument maker Thomas Meixner dedicated two years of his life, marked by family and health losses, to rebuilding 75 of these sound-generators for a concert tour. The film portrays a monomaniac who fiercely avoids social life but with great sensitivity makes material sing.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Small Worlds, Big People
German Competition 2020
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80.000 Schnitzels
Hannah Schweier
Monika has a new dream: She fights tirelessly to preserve her grandmother’s ailing inn and farm. A family chronicle and a film about life goals.
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80.000 Schnitzels

80.000 Schnitzel
Hannah Schweier
German Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
102 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Hannah Schweier
Stefan Sporbert
Stefanie Reinhard
Romy Steyer
Johannes Kunz
Ella Zwietnig
Hannah Schweier

Grandma Berta’s beloved “Zollhaus” is on the verge of ruin. She has dedicated her whole life to this inn and farm. Now her granddaughter Monika, the filmmaker’s sister, is to take over the heavily indebted family farm in the Upper Palatinate. What makes Monika decide to give up her previous plans and move to the countryside to live with her grandmother? The director decides to follow her sister for one year during this apparent labour of Sisyphus.

Monika puts all her energy into the ailing farm and is constantly confronted with its history: Grandma Berta’s schnitzel was legendary. But only the jukebox is left of the merry evenings in a packed inn. Berta had to bury her husband, two of her sons and a grandson. She is not a woman of tender words and unsparingly direct, which soon leads to conflict. The director at first watches her indefatigable sister in stunned disbelief. But gradually she understands that Monika has found a new dream in the “Zollhaus”. This enables her to offer an intimate insight into the chronicle of a family. The film confronts us with the universal question when it is the right time to live one’s dreams and how quickly this time may pass.
Annina Wettstein
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Natur in Bearbeitung
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Family Ties
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
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98 kg

98 kg
Izabela Plucińska
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Poland,
Germany
2021
5 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Izabela Plucińska
Paulina Ratajczak
Izabela Plucińska
Maciej Reguła
Izabela Plucińska
Daniela Kinateder
Andrea Martignoni
Andrea Martignoni

The cycle of domestic violence: tension, escalation, remorse, and then all over again. The woman in Izabela Plucińska’s film shares the fate of many sufferers: She can’t manage to break out. The metaphorical dumbbells she would have to lift to do it weigh 98 kilograms – like the man who does this to her. All she can do is dissolve, disappear and breathe silently into her individual parts. The animations keep erasing themselves, but painful marks are left behind.

Kim Busch
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Love/Without Love
Family Ties
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A Black Jesus

A Black Jesus
Luca Lucchesi
Competition for the Audience Award 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
92 minutes
English,
French,
Italian
subtitles: 
English

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Luca Lucchesi
Léa Germain
Wim Wenders
Eric Friedler
Silke Schütze
Christa Auderlitzky
Eric Friedler
Nordmedia
Francesco Vitaliti
Roy Paci
Luca Lucchesi
Luca Lucchesi
Edoardo Morabito
Hella Wenders
Luca Lucchesi

In Siculiana, a small Sicilian town full of flaking facades, religiosity is lived out as a matter of course. And of course the figure of Jesus Christ worshipped here is black, and always has been. However, some people cannot get used to their dark-skinned neighbours in the refugee camp. The camera accompanies locals and stranded people along their paths, which often lead to the church, but not necessarily together, and draws a kind of map of the city in black-on-black contrasts.

It’s become quiet in Siculiana, a local says. He’s not referring to the loud demonstrations against the Villa Sikania, now converted into a refugee reception camp. And certainly not to the colourful flurry of activity that grips the city every year as the faithful prepare for the feast of the Finding of the Cross. That’s when they hang up the “Benvenuti” sign. But who exactly is welcomed here? The pomp and circumstance of the festivities are at the centre of this filmic portrait of a community in which the alleged common ground is disintegrating into voice and skin tones: between the black people from abroad and the black man on the cross who – according to an elderly lady – was forced to “darken” himself in order to incorporate human sins. Between an aging city stylised to the point of becoming scenery and God’s newly arrived children who promise a future and who could bring new life into the alleys.
Sylvia Görke
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
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Sinn und Sein
Rural vs. Urban
Zustand der Welt
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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A Million

A Million
Arata Mori
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Japan,
Germany
2021
65 minutes
Japanese
subtitles: 
English

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Arata Mori
Arata Mori
Andreas Hartmann
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Arata Mori
Arata Mori
Philippe Ciompi
Yu Miyashita

The account of a journey through an imaginary city, filmed along China’s new trade routes. Like the fictionalized Marco Polo from Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, the traveller in this film talks of worlds that resemble familiar places but follow their own, sometimes seemingly incredible rules. The observations condense into a meditation about the nature of cities and the transformation of the concept of globalization.

The foreign visitor’s voice sounds muffled, as if it were coming out of the cave whose interior views open the film. Time and again, the eye returns there – but the fluorescent rock faces soon turn into the sparkle of distant galaxies, the narrow confines of the cave indistinguishable from the vastness of space. It is a symbol of the decoupling of sign and meaning, of “real” and “false”, of sensual impressions and their positive geographical allocation that pervades the film: Daft Punk perform in front of a Chinese shopping mall; the Eiffel Tower stands first in a housing estate, then, folded up to a fraction of its size, in view of Big Ben and Tower Bridge.
Felix Mende
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Rural vs. Urban
Sense and Being
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A Provincial Hospital

A Provincial Hospital
Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
Panorama Middle and Eastern Europe 2022
Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Germany
2022
110 minutes
Bulgarian
subtitles: 
English

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Ilian Metev
Ivan Chertov
Zlatina Teneva
Martichka Bozhilova
Ilian Metev
Ingmar Trost
Marcella Jelić
Ivan Chertov
Ilian Metev
Zlatina Teneva
Ilian Metev
Ivan Chertov
Zlatina Teneva
Ivan Andreev
Adrian Lo

Kyustendil, a city in the Bulgarian mountains, was hit hard by Covid. The local hospital is probably a reasonably representative microcosm of how the medical staff dealt with the worst consequences of the pandemic. Ten years after his debut “Sofia’s Last Ambulance” (DOK Leipzig 2012), Ilian Metev returns with another film about a national health system that opposes the virus with gallows humour and individual commitment.

Metev himself was stuck in London during the shooting, monitoring from afar as co-director Teneva and her colleague Chertov collected the material and edited it alone. The focus is on the hospital staff. And if there is one main protagonist among the countless members of the cast, it’s Dr. Popov. Warm-hearted and always ready with a quip, we even often see him without a mask – the other employees are usually hidden behind protective gear. They all share a tough sense of humour to get them through the days and nights. The logistical challenges of such a film project also crop up: The people with the cameras are frequently mentioned and addressed. In this emergency community of patients, doctors and film crew they seem to be always ready to joke. But death, up in the intensive care unit, is very close.
Lina Dinkla
Nominated for MDR Film Prize
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Witty
Out of Balance
State of the World
German Competition 2021
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A Sound of My Own
Rebecca Zehr
A visually and aurally outstanding film about the musician Marja Burchard, leader of the legendary band “Embryo”. An ode to hearing, experimentation and inspiration.
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A Sound of My Own

A Sound of My Own
Rebecca Zehr
German Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
52 minutes
English,
German
subtitles: 
English

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Rebecca Zehr
Rebecca Zehr
Katharina Rabl
University of Television and Film Munich (HFF)
Tina Janker
Melanie Jilg
Felix Press
Rebecca Zehr
Marja Burchard

She first appeared on stage at the age of eleven with the legendary Krautrock band “Embryo”. Her father, Christian Burchard, founded the band in 1969 and led it until 2016. Today – in her mid-thirties – Marja Burchard is the bandleader in this project, which has become a kind of family for her. But what seems so simple and organic is far from self-evident in an extremely male-dominated sphere, as Rebecca Zehr shows in her precisely observed and designed film.

This strictly and yet lightly composed melange mixes archival footage, psychedelic animation sequences and everyday observations of the normal life of a female musician between organisation and inspiration. With the visual level restricted to black and white and thus deliberately restrained, all the more attention is focused at the sound. The – who wonders? – outstanding score never takes the music for granted but works robustly with our perception. It’s the lucid, calm images and the narrative that is always anchored in the here and now that let this film stay incredibly haptic despite its concentration on our sense of hearing. Rebecca Zehr is not interested in portraying a musical legend, but in showing us what it could look and feel like to not only make music but live in it.
Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness
Winner of Golden Dove (German Competition)
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Family Ties
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Animation Perspectives 2022
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About AIVA – Director’s Short Cut
Veneta Androva
Who is the clever mind behind “AIVA”, the absolutely incredible AI novelty everyone talks about? An avatar with a female voice introduces themselves as the inventor.
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About AIVA – Director’s Short Cut

About AIVA – Director’s Short Cut
Veneta Androva
Animation Perspectives 2022
Animated Film
Germany
2020
3 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva

Who is the clever mind behind “AIVA”, the absolutely incredible AI novelty that everyone talks about and wants to have? An avatar with a female voice, unfolding in two dimensions like a pattern, praises their successful multi-million-pound project. Answers are not provided, just another ghastly feedback loop of artificiality.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Tech Futures
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One of Us Now

Achshav at ahat mishelanu
Maya Steinberg
German Competition Short Film 2022
Documentary Film
Germany,
Israel
2022
30 minutes
Hebrew,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Maya Steinberg
Maya Steinberg
Eline Gehring
Maya Steinberg
Maya Steinberg
Sivan Levy
Eline Gehring
Maya Steinberg
Manuela Schininá

Maya Steinberg is a secular Israeli. Her father, however, had a late religious awakening. He will not appear in her film. Instead, the young director approaches his faith and her lack of understanding for it through a visit to the gravesite of rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Galilee, where she spends a few weeks, observing believers, Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox, and wondering: Is there a place here for women? And can there be a place for queer women?

Marie Kloos
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Queer Lives
Family Ties
Kids DOK 2021
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Monkey Domino
Ulf Grenzer
A day at the zoo. An orangutan and a girl have fun fooling around. Until the father’s business dealings trigger a chain of events that changes everything.
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Monkey Domino

Affendomino
Ulf Grenzer
Kids DOK 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2021
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Ulf Grenzer
Ulf Grenzer
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Beatrice Matis
Doreen Borchert
Ulf Grenzer
Ulf Grenzer
Lena Dickmann
Jana Richtmeyer
Maxi Alker
Franziska Poike
Ephraim Peise
Helene Lorenz
Boris Schwiebert
Ulf Grenzer
Kevin Jahnel
Anna Magdalino
Franka Sachse

A day at the zoo, the orangutan sits in his cage and dreams of his life in the jungle when a girl comes by and brightens his dull afternoon. Her father doesn’t notice anything because he is on his mobile and laptop all the time to do important business. So important that the orangutan has to intervene, and a chain of event changes everything.

Lina Dinkla
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Intervening Nature
Small Worlds, Big People
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AIVA

AIVA
Veneta Androva
German Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
13 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Alò
Benedikt Frey
Vivienne Pettitt

AIVA is an artist, animated by algorithms. But above all she is the soberingly limited male tech vision of what more diversity in the arts could look like. In her paintings AIVA prefers the vertical, to some acclaim. A naive and cliché-ridden “art documentary” lets us participate in her work. Precisely observed, with sparse gestures and trenchant wit, Veneta Androva reflects a current status quo in her computer-animated future fiction.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
Witty
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Animation Perspectives 2022
Filmstill AIVA
AIVA
Veneta Androva
AIVA is an artist animated by algorithms. But first and foremost, she is the chillingly limited male tech vision of what more diversity in the arts could look like.
Filmstill AIVA

AIVA

AIVA
Veneta Androva
Animation Perspectives 2022
Animated Film
Germany
2020
13 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Alò
Benedikt Frey
Vivienne Pettitt

AIVA is an artist animated by algorithms. But first and foremost, she is the tech vision of male IT commitment to more diversity in the arts. Which is why AIVA prefers the “portrait” format in her paintings. An “art documentary” lets us share her creative process and fulfils every stereotype at hand. With unerring wit, Veneta Androva mirrors actual conditions in her computer animated science fiction.

André Eckardt
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Tech Futures
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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among us women

Unter uns Frauen
Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Ethiopia,
Germany
2021
92 minutes
Amharic,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Sarah Noa Bozenhardt
Daniel Abate Tilahun
Sonja Kilbertus
Hiwot Admasu
Beza Hailu Lemma
Andrea Munoz
Alex Praet
Bernarda Cornejo Pinto
Anna-Marlene Bicking
Sarah Noa Bozenhardt
Ana María Ormaza

In rural Ethiopia the staff of a health centre are fighting maternal mortality. They tirelessly appeal to women to give birth in the clinic. But reservations are strong, and so are the practical obstacles. How are heavily pregnant women supposed to arrive in time when the ambulance comes hours later or not at all? Against medical advice, Hulu Ager decides to give birth at home, assisted by a traditional midwife.

With palpable familiarity, the film crew captures moments of intimate communion between Hulu Ager, the midwives and other women. On the margins of the central conflict, the many challenges they face in a patriarchal society emerge. The debates are most lively under the hood dryer at the hairdresser’s: She doesn’t enjoy sex because of her circumcision, the medical professional Welela reports. “Sometimes you have to prepare yourself for sex,” another customer advises. Sometimes it helps to get drunk. But the perky hairdresser is sure: Bad sex is grounds for divorce. The women share their desires and woes with each other, experience solidarity and gather courage for small and great acts of departure and resistance. Men are relegated to the role of extras, if at all.
Sarina Lacaf
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, FIPRESCI Prize, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury
Winner of Honourable Mendtion (International Competition)
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Family Ties
Rural vs. Urban