Prize of the 1st Interreligious Jury, Leipzig 2016

„Cahier Africain” by Heidi Specogna on the ongoing atrocities between different religious and ethnic groups in the Central African Republic centers around the lives of Arlette, a young wounded Christian girl and the Muslim woman Amzine with her daughter born after brutal rape. Amidst the desperate situation Amzine manages to find a fragile safety as refugee in Chad. There the rift between mother and daughter starts to heal.

The Interrreligious Jury congratulates the filmmaker on her sensitive approach to her protagonists, her poetic filming and for leaving us with a shimmer of hope through the images of the women rebuilding their lives.