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First SIGNIS awards at the Popoli e Religioni Film Festival

First SIGNIS awards at the Popoli e Religioni Film Festival

Terni, Italy, November, 20th, 2017 (SIGNIS). For the first time, a SIGNIS jury was invited to the Popoli e Religioni Film Festival (Italy) and it awarded a prize in each of the three official categories.   The SIGNIS Jury gave its Prize in the Main Competition to the film Enklave, directed by Goran Radovanovic (Serbia, 2015). This fascinating tale takes place in the aftermath of the Kosovo war. This is a story of two children, a Serb and an Albanese, who overcome the conflict between their own two people. They learn a new way of co-existence to build a better future. The SIGNIS Jury presented its Prize in the Documentary Competition to the film L'Amore senza motive, directed by Paolo Mancinelli (Italy, 2017). From Lesbos Island to the musical stage, the surprising journey of a young migrant, told with a lively creativity and humour. An astute way of showing Hope through cinema. And finally, the SIGNIS Jury also gave a Prize for the Short FIlm Competition to Chocolate Wind, directed by Ilia Antonenko (Russia, 2015). The jury explained that this is “a surprising film where truth is not where the protagonists seem to lead us. With a very modern staging, it shows the emotional manipulation of young disappointed Europeans that can fell into the nets of the so-called islamic state.An important short-film for peace building.” The SIGNIS jury members were: Antonio Ammirati (Italia), Marek Lis (Poland) and Magali Van Reeth (France)   
A Tunisian film awarded by SIGNIS at the Festival des cinémas d'Afrique de Besançon

A Tunisian film awarded by SIGNIS at the Festival des cinémas d'Afrique de Besançon

Besancon, November, 20th, 2017 (SIGNIS). At the 17th Festival des cinémas d'Afrique de Besançon, the SIGNIS jury conferred its Prize to the Film: La Belle et la Meute, directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia, 2016) This is a film of excellent technical quality, with a masterfully crafted script which presents realistic scenes of burning issues of the day.  In the face of multiple violence and humiliation, the film gives a universal dimension to a true story which happened in Tunisia, and which can happen in any other part of the world. Through their exceptional determination, the actors showed great proof of their active faith in God and their confidence and trust in justice and truth, which are fundamental values for all societies. The courage and determination shown by the lead actress in her struggle against all odds, opens the door of poor and provides assurance that freedom can be won.  Defending human dignity, defending the poor and oppressed are great values offered by this film.   The SIGNIS jury members were: Marie-Thérèse Henriet (France), Walter C. Ihejirika (Nigeria) and Yvan Paradisi (France)