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11 augustus 2017

WATANI: MY HOMELAND  (UNITED KINGDOM)
PRIX EUROPA IRIS INTERCULTURAL TELEVISION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR 2016 TV NON-FICTION

Author & Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen
Produced by: ITN Productions
Broadcast by: PBS/WGBH

The documentary tells the story of the Syrian Civil War through one family’s experience and the lives of three young girls and their brother over three years.
The journey of Sara, Farah, Helen and Mohammed and their mother Hala, from war-torn Aleppo to the sleepy German town of Goslar, is captured with intimacy and honesty and offers a true insight into the psychological and physical hardship of leaving your home for good. The whole tragic story of the Syrian Civil war from the uprising against the Assad regime, the emergence of Islamic State and the ensuing refugee crisis is captured through this portrayal of four young children and their parents – it is a deeply personal account of life turned upside down by the Syrian conflict.

JURY LAUDATIO:
In the past days the jury viewed and judged 16 important and excellent films dealing with cultural diversity.
Many candidates for an award - and the TV Iris Jury clearly decided for a film that dealt with one of the biggest dramas the world today is struggling with: the film follows the unique story of a Syrian family that tries to survive in the ruins of Aleppo. It shows the madness of a never-ending war that has traumatised the Syrians and the rest of the world. The film focuses on the universal question: do you stay and fight or go and rescue your life and your family.

3 november 2015

PATIENCE, PATIENCE, YOU'LL GO TO PARADISE  (BELGIUM)
PRIX EUROPA IRIS INTERCULTURAL TELEVISION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR 2015 TV NON-FICTION

Author & Director: Hadja Lahbib
Produced by: Les passeurs de Lumiere
Broadcast by: RTBF Belgium

 

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In the 1960s, thousands of North Africans came to work in Belgium. Among them were women who had left everything behind to follow their men to an unknown country. “Patience, patience—you’ll get to heaven,” is what these women are repeatedly told to encourage them to put up with their lives without complaining. Fifty years on, some of them are savoring emancipation. They turn out to be incredibly fun, loving, and capable of uninhibited self-mockery. This film follows them as they make new discoveries, through the simplicity of their excursions, their warm femininity, and sense of humor.

 

JURY LAUDATIO:
This heart warming tale of female friendship and empowerment is told through the eyes of a group of women emerging from a life-time spent in the shadow of their husbands. Mina and her friends left Morocco as girls and lived as housewives in Belgium. For decades their world shrinks to the confinement of family and home. The film charts their journey to emancipation. We see them regain their youthful enthusiasm and fulfil their dreams. At a time when the media portrays Muslim women as silent and oppressed, this film shows  strength, comradeship and independent spirit through intimate portraits and humour.

3 november 2014

SOUND OF TORTURE (SWITZERLAND)

PRIX EUROPA IRIS INTERCULTURAL TELEVISION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR 2014 TV NON-FICTION

Author & Director: Keren Shayo
Produced by: Trabelsi Productions
Coproduced by: First Hand Films

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Live calls from the torture camps in Sinai: since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees flee their military dictator-ruled country north to Israel, their gate to the west, crossing the Sinai desert. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouins and taken to one of the hidden camps. The film intimately follows Meron Estefanos, an Eritrean journalist-activist living in Sweden since many years, running a popular online radio program, publishing the stories of these camps while recording their inmates' pleas for help. We are with Meron when she searches for Timinit, a girl of 20 years who arrived at the Israeli border but from there is never seen again. And we follow the story of a man who desperately tries to free his wife, who gives birth to their child in captivity. When Eritrea gained independence in 1993, it became a military dictatorship. Military service is obligatory for everyone; women are exempted only when pregnant. Any critic or opponent of the regime faces immediate arrest. Around 3,000 Eritreans flee their country every month, despite a "shoot-to-kill" policy on the borders. In the last decade, more than 300,000 Eritreans have fled their homeland, also to Europe. Sound of Torture gives a face to those nobody cares about, touching political, cultural, and geographical matters.


JURY LAUDATIO:

The winner in this category was for the majority of the jury an absolut eyeopener. This film is an amazing piece of work about a totally ignored problem in the world of today. It is most daring visually by its often revealing camerawork and maybe even morse intense by using the sound of peoples voices. Extremely powerful and breathtaking scenes totally grasp the viewer.
A heroic portrait of a remarkable and brave young woman who on her own struggles for the fate of a group of people who are captured in horror while seeking safety in another  country. The protagonist shows that the courage and engagement of one person alone can change the world.

15 september 2014
DISPLACED PERSSONS (SWEDEN)

PRIX EUROPA IRIS INTERCULTURAL TELEVISION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR 2013 TV NON-FICTION

Author & Director: Åsa Blanck, Petter Brundell
Directed by: Åsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren
Produced by: Strix, Sveriges Television - SVT
Coproduced by: The Swedish Film Institute, NRK, YLE

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Per Persson left Sweden 40 years ago in search of adventure. He drove eastward in his Land Rover and ended up in Pakistan where he fell in love with Shamim. They married, settled down in Lahore and had two daughters, Zahra and Maria. Per raised his daughters to be free and strong women which wasn’t very popular with neighbours and relatives. As Zahra and Maria grew older the family felt more and more threatened by the surrounding society. At last, when the girls are in their mid-twenties, the family makes the difficult decision to move to southern Sweden, back to Per’s roots. Shamim, Zahra and Maria have great hopes for their lives in the new country but once in Sweden nothing turns out as expected.


JURY LAUDATIO:

The story of the immigrant returning to his homeland is often covered in Prix Europa Iris, but the winning film this year turned the traditional convention on its head. Focusing on the challenges facing a Swedish man returning to Sweden after spending 30 years in Pakistan, along with his wife and two adult daughters, it gave a unique insight into the challenges facing those trying to achieve even a basic level of integration into a western society. This intimate film, shot over many years, beautifully captured the universal themes of family, love, loss and rediscovery .... but most of all, love."

5 juni 2013
SPECIAL FLIGHT (SWITZERLAND)
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7 februari 2013

WINTER OF LOVE (The Netherlands)
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30 augustus 2010

CLANDESTINE (FRANCE)
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30 augustus 2009

FOOTBALL UNDER COVER  (GERMANY)

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5 juli 2008

GOD'S WAITING ROOM (UNITED KINGDOM)
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7 september 2007

0032 "GORCHA" (BELGIUM)
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