Commendation of the Ecumenical Jury, Chemnitz 2023


The Gift
In die Wiege gelegt
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The Gift is a cinematic journey, taking us to the heart of Kyrgyzstan where the narrative unfolds with grace and poignancy. A young girl yearns for the love and approval of her father in a society where having sons is traditionally valued higher, providing a window into a world that challenges preconceptions.

The film navigates the delicate nuances of gender expectations, shedding light on the challenges faced by individuals feeling trapped within cultural norms. Traditional life high up in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan offers children a lot of freedom, but also requires clear patterns of behaviour and roles. The strength of this movie lies in its ability to tackle these large topics with empathy and nuance. Based on the director’s personal memories, it invites us to question societal constructs and explore the profound impact they have on family dynamics. As our protagonist embarks on a touching journey of self-discovery, we witness a universal quest for acceptance and love.

The Gift is a testament to the power of storytelling to bridge gaps and foster understanding. It is a beacon of compassion, urging us to embrace the diversity of human experience and celebrate the human desire for love and acceptance.

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