56th Berlin International Film Festival

09.02.2006 to 19.02.2006

Awards of the Ecumenical Jury

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams
Esmas Geheimnis - Grbavica
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for its unique, measured approach and balanced, compassionate storytelling without judgement or manipulation; for its portrait of human vulnerability, and the power of love to triumph over hatred and violence, and for its gentle embrace of the universal theme of reconciliation.

The story is placed in post war Sarajevo where a woman is coping not just with the everyday struggles of life, but also with the traumas of war. She has a daughter who does not know the conditions in which she was born, nor that her father is a Serbian soldier who raped her mother in a prison.

The Collector
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For taking an accurate and dramatic portrayel of Poland’s recent political transition and presenting it as a morality tale about corruption with universal impact; for a high artistic quality and for preserving justice, generousity and human dignity.

The plot of this feature covers a period of 48 hours and shows the rise and fall of the title character, Lucek Bohme, who in the name of the law, ruthlessly seizes property of individuals and institutions on account of their debts.

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For a well-structured, convincing and insightful documentary, that portraits the situation of refugees from all over the world, who are living in Johannesburg.

Matanabe accompanies a writer in search of a refugee from Somalia. On his way he meets refugees from all over the world, whose stories witness from the violence of war but also of the hope of reconciliation.

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