CIVIS Prize-winners 2018
CIVIS – Europe’s Media Prize for Integration and cultural diversity will honour programme contributions on radio, film, television and the Internet, which promote peaceful coexistence in the European immigration society. The special CIVIS prize “Football + Integration”, will once again be organized this year together with the DFB German Football Association, as well as the CIVIS Cinema Prize as an audience prize, will also be presented.
At home with football - Refugee 11
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) / DOCDAYS Productions
Author: Jean Boué
Director: Jean Boué
Producer: Antje Boehmert (DOCDAYS Productions)
Editor: Jutta Krug (WDR)
Content: A football team of refugees in Erftstadt. They are young and have plenty of time. They play football in the last German amateur league - county league C. They fight for success. On the field and, above all, in life. The REFUGEE 11 comprises 27 refugees from 16 nations. Only those who come regularly and on time, only those who are disciplined and obey the rules, are fielded. A film about the first months in a strange world - about the desires, fears and dreams of young men. Football offers a home - but it is not sufficient to make integration a success. Impressive documentary - highly informative, magnificent.
Jury’s remarks: A glimpse into a largely unknown reality: the film shows young male refugees in their cheerless accommodations – their life, their boredom and their lingering tensions. For many, the hopeless situation in their countries of origin was the cause of flight. They all want to make it in Germany. The football team offers them a sense of home. But is that enough to integrate? A highly informative documentary – enlightening.
Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung/DOCDAYS Productions
Authorised representative: Arne Busse
Concept: Antje Boehmert, Mareike Müller, Arndt Fehl, Clemens Stolzenberg
Content: Young refugee amateur footballers meet professional football players, who also started out as refugees. The players talk about issues that shape their lives: the causes of flight and the experiences and consequences of having fled. Refugees have many faces. The eleven-part web video series mainly looks at youths and young adults between the age of 14 and 24. The experiences of these amateurs and pros visualise the often abstract information we get about flight and asylum. “Refugee Eleven” is a project by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Agency for Civic Education). Very intimate stories – highly interactive, clearly structured and visually very engaging.
Jury’s remarks: Refugee Eleven is a project initiated by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education). The multi-lingual web-video series brings together football pros with amateurs to discuss common flight experiences. The aim is to provide information about flight and asylum, reduce prejudices and counter the exclusion of refugees. An outstanding video series with very personal stories – interactive, clearly structured and visually very engaging.
Elja – 376 A.D.
Short feature film
Director: Willi Kubica
Script: Janosch Kosack
Examination board: Prof. Thomas Schadt
Content: 376 A.D. - A Refugee Camp in the Roman Empire. The fate of a Gothic clan initiates a historic perception-shift of today’s migratory movements. Gothic warrior Elja has to give up her hopeless fight against the marauding Huns and seeks refuge in the Roman Empire. Reluctantly she, as a woman, has to surrender her sword. She is not recognised as a warrior by the Romans. Her Gothic faith and ultimately her entire identity are questioned. Linguistic barriers, unfulfilled expectations, fears - a gripping story with expressive pictures. Cipher for a highly explosive political topic.
Jury’s remarks: The refugee drama set in late antiquity seizes upon the current debate on flight and migration. A captivating and powerful story with expressive images. The analogies to today’s migration movements show how great people’s fear of foreign infiltration has always been, even then. Language barriers, unfulfilled expectations and fears dominate the clash of the different cultures. Identity and the desire to assert oneself become a cypher for a highly explosive political topic. An outstanding film.
Calais, les enfants de la jungle / The lost kids of Calais
France Télévisions/ France 5 / Playprod Production
Authors: Thomas Dandois, Stéphane Marchetti
Producers: Alexis Monchovet, Stéphane Marchetti (Playprod Production)
Editors: Sophie Chegara, Caroline Behar, Anne Gouraud (France Télévisions)
Content: A story of hunger, rape and death. Children and adolescents are travelling alone and risk their lives to reach England. Mostly, they hide in emergency shelters in the Calais jungle under untenable conditions: Europe’s largest slum. The aim is to survive everything necessary. Then they will try to forget what they went through. They come from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria. There is nearly no-one caring for them. Europe's disgrace - Europe’s responsibility. Strong, expressive pictures and statements. Empathetic, touching, outrageous. A terrific documentary.
Jury’s remarks: A desperate situation: illegal migrants in France. There is a distinct lack of support and safe accommodation. Many children and youths want to cross over to England, because they have family there. So, the minors descend into the murky world of illegal doings. They are raped and exploited by criminal networks. The harrowing documentation follows the lives of children in the Calais Jungle over the course of six months. Powerful, expressive pictures and statements. An outstanding journalistic achievement – sensitive, moving, outrageous.
Three August Days
Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) / Kopli Kinokompanii
Author: Madli Lääne
Director: Madli Lääne
Producer: Anneli Ahven (Kopli Kinokompanii)
Editor: Heidi Pruuli (ERR)
Content: Amidst the political turmoil in the Soviet-occupied Estonia in the 1990s, a girl from Estonia and a Russian boy come together despite all the cultural differences, by sharing American lemonade. Communism is replaced by Capitalism. The story takes place during the three critical days in August 1991, when Estonia regained its independence, after almost 50 years of Soviet rule. The film shows, what children experience in an historic moment, the conflict-laden meaning of which continues to this day. Highly topical, splendid from a cinematic and acting point of view.
Jury’s remarks: A politically highly topical and simultaneously poetic film. Consistently told from the children’s point of view. The dramatic changes in Estonia are merely filtered through to the children via TV and the adults’ behaviour. Unbiased and with incredible lightness, the film focuses on exclusion, approach, prejudices and the possibilities that emerge when people live together. A touching and captivating story. Outstanding cinematography and acting.
Report | Croatian Greetings from Hitler in Carinthia
Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Author: Cedomira Schlapper
Director: Cedomira Schlapper
Editor: Cedomira Schlapper
Content: Thousands of Croatian neo-fascists and right-wing extremists from all over Europe go on pilgrimage to the Bleiburg Community in southern Carinthia, Austria each year. The aim is to commemorate a massacre of people from Croatia, who have surrendered to the British at the end of the Second World War and were extradited to the victorious communist partisans. Amongst them were many civilians, but also fascist Ustashi fighters. 23 years after the war in Yugoslavia, the pro-fascist idea in Croatia has reinvigorated, despite independence and EU-membership. An excellent journalistic achievement - shocking, appalling.
Jury’s remarks: An identity-establishing sacrificial myth of the right-wing powers in Croatia. The Bleiburg debate has been dividing Croatian society for decades. For many, the search for the historic truth is far from over. An annual get-together in Carinthia to commemorate the Bleiburg massacre is officially classed as a church event on private land. The impressive report gives insight into one of the biggest Neo-Nazi meetings in Europe. Shocking, disturbing – an outstanding journalistic accomplishment.
hr-iNFO Frühprogramm | Pfungstadt, for example: New refugee accommodation, old fears | Episode 4
Hessischer Rundfunk (HR)
Author: Riccardo Mastrocola
Editor: Juliane Orth
Content: Overcrowded asylum accommodations, traumatised people, overburdened authorities. How do Hessian cities and communities deal with refugees: Pfungstadt, for example. Two years ago, there were almost 100 refugees in the town of 25,000 inhabitants. In the meanwhile, there are four times as many. It was impossible to accommodate the people in a decentralised location, so that no ghettos would form. Pfungstadt now has three large residential homes, each with over one hundred beds. For some residents, this causes fears and concerns. How can the town and the refugees encounter? Concrete, impressive sound image of change - atmospherically intense.
Jury’s remarks: Pfungstadt is riddled with problems, and people argue about the best way to proceed. The situation in Pfungstadt is symbolic of that of many communities. Episode four of the radio series takes the town in the South Hessian district of Darmstadt-Dieburg to show how challenging refugee relief work actually is. Without the help of volunteers, German classes, translations and visits to the authorities would often be impossible. The series offers an audio image of change – concrete and atmospherically dense. An impressive radiophonic performance.
WDR 5 Dok 5 | Das ARD radiofeature: Nine floors of new Germany (Gladbeck)
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR/ARD)
Author: Reinhard Schneider
Director: Reinhard Schneider
Editor: Thomas Nachtigall
Content: A tower block: 120 apartments - 350 residents, half of them Germans, the others migrants from ten nations. A microcosm, an uncontrolled experiment, possibly an early warning system for a new mix on the social fringe. Stories about life, refuge and survival come together. An intersection of hopes, dreams and conflicts. The language is one problem, the social organisation the other: Clan structures on the side of the Balkans, friendly, but insecure Syrians and Iraqis and the long-established residents, fighting for their self-assertion. A fragile balance. An extraordinary sound image, excellently produced - splendid.
Jury’s remarks: The long-term feature about a residential high-rise building in Gladbeck documents the changing social structures in Germany. The listeners are taken into a microcosm of social tensions, personal experiences and challenges of living at close quarters to so many different cultures. Entertaining, very lively – always on an equal footing with the protagonists. Things that aren’t visible become audible. An outstanding feat of reporting. Highly informative, excellently produced – a great radio feature.
SRF 2 Kultur | Sold, enslaved, abused: Yazidis as IS victims
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)
Author: Monika Oettli
Director: Joe Schelbert
Editor: Brigitte Zingg
Content: IS fighters run down Yazidi and northern Iraqi villages. Islamists reject Yazidi religious communities as pagan. They kill men, abduct children and women. Boys are trained to become child soldiers, girls and women are abused as sex slaves. Also 17- year-old Schirin is enslaved and sold several times. Now she tries to overcome her trauma in Germany. Thousand of worst affected traumatised women and children are stabilised in Germany and mentally cared for. The horror explains reasons for flight - exciting, very touching, impressive.
Jury’s remarks: The UN is calling it a genocide. Thousands of Yazidi women and girls have been lost without trace. Those who managed to flee tell stories of unspeakable horrors. The federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg enabled a unique aid programme. Now, the impressive radio report is giving the Yazidi women an authentic voice. It spells out the causes of flight. Exciting, very moving – close to the people without losing the necessary distance. A journalistic tour de force.
Alyom – Syria's children, poison gas and we - Episode 3
Axel Springer Akademie
Authorised representative: Marc Thomas Spahl
Authors: Laura Aha, Angelique Geray, Marie-Julie May
Editors: Angelique Geray, Florian Gehm, Mohammad Rabie, Tina Hüttl, Jenny Roth, Kristin Schulze
Content: “It is the wheezing of people, we will never forget. The gasping in the struggle against death and sarin, the insidious poison.” 16 young journalists from Berlin, sitting in front of a laptop together, are shocked when watching a video of a poison gas attack of Syrian dictator Baschar al-Assad on a small village. Thereupon they create the Podcast ALYOM. Particularly, because we Germans may not look away, when people are killed with poison gas. On the basis of the story of -12-year old Yusuff Al Yusuff, they shed light on the fate of the children of Syria and investigate backgrounds and involvement of German companies.
An extraordinary journalistic research achievement. ALYOM - the podcast by the Axel Springer Akademie, makes the consequences of war tangibly comprehensible. Produced using all means of most recent modern digital possibilities, emotionally touching, highly impressive. An outstanding example of audio-phonics for serial narration.
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)
Authorised representative: Martin Eggenschwyler
Concept: Meili Dschen, Tama Vakeesan
Content: About life between two cultures – trapped between the expectations of a traditional culture and the Swiss environment. The website deals with the everyday lives of young Swiss with a migrant background and with living as a refugee in Switzerland. A YouTube channel with Tama Vakeesan, who has Tamil roots. A highly attractive mix that helps understand a multicultural society. It shows how demanding the integration process is for everyone involved and how complex terms such as identity and home are. Does not shy away from any topic – very present, charming, highly professional and compelling.
Jury’s remarks: A case for social diversity in Switzerland. On her multimedia website, Tama Vakeesan gives a very authentic and captivating account of the clash between the Swiss and Tamil cultures. Outstanding presentation, powerful contents. An absorbing performance that does not shy away from any topic – very present, charming and highly professional.
New right-wing wave
funk - "Jäger und Sammler"
Authorised representative: Kyo Mali Jung
Concept: Kyo Mali Jung, Ilka Brecht, Nemi El-Hassan
Content: The festival “Rock gegen Überfremdung” (rock against foreign domination) is one of the largest neo-Nazi conventions in the history of Germany. The one-day event attracts 6,000 right-wing extremists from across Europe to the small town of Themar (3,000 inhabitants) in the south of Thuringia. The event is scheduled as a political rally. It is therefore protected by the constitution and cannot be banned. The 24-year-old Muslim journalist Nemi El-Hassan covers the right-wing rock concert. She also speaks to the organiser, a former NPD (German nationalist party) candidate. Neo-Nazi rhetoric patterns emerge clearly – outstanding, fearless and confrontational journalism.
Jury’s remarks: She is fully aware that she is being provocative. Nemi El-Hassan is a confident, headscarf-wearing Muslim. Even at the right-wing rock concert in Themar, where she is surrounded by lots of bald, thickset men. The reporter braves the crowd and questions the right-wingers – quick-witted, confrontative and fearless. She exposes the Neo-Nazis’ rhetoric patterns. An outstanding journalistic achievement – a visually impressive feat.
Jugend ohne Gott
Spielfilm | die film gmbh | Constantin Film | Constantin Film Verleih
Regie: Alain Gsponer
Drehbuch Alex Buresch, Matthias Pacht. Nach dem gleichnamigen Roman von Ödön von Horváth
Produktion Sophia Aldenhoven, Uli Aselmann (die film gmbh)
Co-Produktion Martin Moszkowicz, Oliver Berben (Constantin Film)
Filmverleih: Constantin Film Verleih GmbH
Inhalt: Vision einer künftigen digitalen Elite. Alles ist auf Leistung, Anpassung und Effizienz getrimmt. Eine Gruppe von Eliteschülern in einem Hochleistungs-Camp der Abschlussklasse. Im Gegensatz zu den anderen hat Zach kein Interesse daran, auf die renommierte Rowald Universität zu kommen. Die ehrgeizige Nadesh ist von dem Einzelgänger fasziniert. Zach interessiert sich mehr für Ewa. Die lebt im Wald und hält sich mit Diebstählen über Wasser. Als ein Mord geschieht, scheint der fragile Zusammenhalt der jugendlichen Elite zu zerbrechen.
Jury’s remarks: The sinister dystopia of a not too distant future. Only those who can withstand the constant pressure to perform have a chance to succeed. The film is an allegory of people’s social competition exacerbated by digital disruption and transformation: rivalry instead of solidarity and cooperation. Discrimination through elitist self-optimisation. An irritating social drama with a cool, star-studded German cast. Outstanding cinematography and acting. Absolutely brilliant. The feature film “Jugend ohne Gott” (Godless Youth) is the winner of the CIVIS public online vote and therefore prize-winner of the CIVIS Cinema Prize 2018.