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6th Berlin Revolution Film Festival 23-24 April 2022
The Jury of the 6th Berlin Revolution Film Festival, consisting of Stefanie Schröder, Elena Friedrich and Dane Komljen, has decided to give awards to the following films:
GRAND PRIX - THIS DAY WON`T LAST by Mouaad el Salem
Jury motivation: A different kind of nightmare is told on black screen, followed by its interpretation by the filmmaker’s mother and colleagues: Someone talks badly about you. Then we see the film’s first images: A cloudy sky with a rainbow. The film keeps this precision, easily shifting between poetic images and clear political statements: ”Gays were part of the revolution. We marched in the streets for our country.” A rhythmic flow of fragile images, diary-like cell phone recordings, mixed with analogue black and white pictures, never arbitrary, but precisely cut and carefully selected, capture a hidden private life that is in fact a political act. Making this film endangered and somehow saved the filmmaker at the same time – this is deeply touching. It is a work of rage and joy, fragile and tender, finding resilience in community and using cinema as a loudspeaker to announce the inevitable queer liberation.
BEST SHORT FILM - TELLURIAN DRAMA by Riar Rizaldi
Jury motivation: For uncovering a footnote of colonial history in order to unravel the possibility of a truly different relationship to our environment and leading us on an illuminating and sensorial journey to the other side of communication, we want to award the Best Short Film Award to Tellurian Drama by Riar Rizaldi.
While searching and speculating about the actual and possible knowledge and insights that a visit to the remnants of the station Radio Malabar in West Java could transmit to us - as past, present and future researchers, inhabitants, activists, tourists, or even storytellers - the film brings us elsewhere in the end. A concert in (or for and with) the mountain happens unexpectedly and surprises our thinking on a different level of experience.
BEST FEATURE FILM - AS I WANT by Samaher Alqadi
Jury motivation: Samaher Alquadi's first feature, "As I want", which we want to award as Best Feature Film, begins with the depiction of a nightmarish situation that, unlike a dream, happened in full view of the public eye: the gang rape of women during the Tahir Square protests in Cairo. From then on, the film interweaves the biography of the filmmaker, who comes from Palestine and studied in Cairo, with the course of the protests from the perspective of a feminist group in Cairo. The camera becomes a tool of self-defence to create evidence during the filmmaker’s confrontation with the symptoms of a patriarchal system based on fear and emotional threat. How its mechanisms continue to operate is a crucial question the film poses while testing and using tools of emotional and political emancipation.
The film demonstrates in many ways that the camera has more than one function – it is a mirror, a proof maker, a diary, a poetic machine, in a very literal way a weapon, a pen for rewriting (his)story, and a medium of dialogue and connection. Though the viewer follows the filmmaker’s harsh experiences on the streets through a subjective camera, you never get lost in hopeless fear. The film shows us how to share experiences and emotions and to deal with them together, what could be an approach to this particular state of transition that we name "revolution".
We want to warmly thank all film makers for sharing their intense, unique and daring films with us, which we believe have found the right space here to come together and inspire this necessary, constructive and critical dialogue with us, the viewers, as well as with each other, as films. They are creating common departing points for past, current and future political struggles, that we are all part of, even though living in different geographical regions of the world and entering them from different experiences and perspectives.
Stefanie Schröder, Elena Friedrich, Dane Komljen
We congratulate to the winners and thank all the authors for being part of this year`s program!
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