CIVIS Media Prize 2024

CIVIS – Europe’s Media Prize for Migration, Integration and Cultural Diversity and – linked to this – social cohesion in Europe honours programme achievements in radio, television and the Internet which promote peaceful coexistence in the European immigration society. The CIVIS Cinema Prize as an audience award is added.

The award ceremony of the CIVIS Media Prize 2024 has take place on Monday, 27 May 2024 in Berlin as an additional event in the context of re:publica 24. The CIVIS Award Ceremony can be seen in the ARD Media Library from 29 May 2024. ARD / Das Erste will broadcast it on Thursday, 30 May 2024, at 00:05 am. The award ceremony will be hosted by journalist and presenter Vivian Perkovic.


Social Media Format
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STRG_F: Israel and Gaza: Life between terror and war

Social media format
NDR | funk
Authors: Lisa Hagen, Armin Ghassim, Mariam Noori, Manuel Biallas, Sulaiman Tadmory, Timo Robben
Editors: Lutz Ackermann, Volker Steinhoff
Partner manager: Jan Wiebe

The film depicts the fate of two young people affected by the current Middle East war, the German-Israeli Yarden and the German-Palestinian Abed. 35-year-old Yarden has been taken hostage to Gaza by Hamas. There, 27-year-old Abed, on a visit to his family, comes under Israeli rocket fire. Friends and relatives die. He is only allowed to leave the country after five weeks. Yarden’s family fights for her release.

“The production is biased in a positive way – it takes the side of empathy and humanity. It does not impose judgements on the audience, but provides impressions and insights that allow listeners to form their own opinion on the current situation between Israel and Palestine.”


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Echoes from Borderland

Long documentary film
Munich University of Television and Film
Writer | Director | Producer: Lara Milena Brose
Examination board: Prof. Karin Jurschick

15-year-old Nahid fled Afghanistan shortly before the Taliban came to power and, after a gruelling odyssey, has ended up stranded with her family in a Bosnian border village. Her attempts to enter the EU are repeatedly thwarted by violent pushbacks. Nahid finds a confidante in an older Bosnian woman and has to be strong for her family – as a daughter, interpreter and organiser.

“A documentary essay that provides a disturbing insight into the situation on the Bosnian-Croatian border. A respectful visual language with poetic moments conveys the events sensitively, but without intrusive dramatisation.”

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Songs of Gastarbeiter – Love, D-Mark and Death – Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm

WDR | ARTE | filmfaust GmbH | Film Five GmbH
Authors: Cem Kaya, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
Director: Cem Kaya
Editors: Jutta Krug, Oliver Schwehm, Rolf Bergmann
Producers: Claus Herzog-Reichel, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, Florian Schewe, Stefan Kauertz

The so-called Turkish guest workers and their children have developed a musical culture that hardly exists anywhere else – it is part of the cultural heritage of the Federal Republic of Germany. In their documentary, Cem Kaya and Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay trace what became of the first performances on improvised stages, without the German music industry taking any further notice. Inspired by hip-hop, the second and third generation of migrant musicians address the reality of their current lives – and open up new perspectives on home, identity and participation.

“Cem Kaya and Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay show us a world of its own, of which the society of the Federal Republic of Germany at the time was hardly aware. The documentary tells of the longings of the “guest workers”, of the pains of the old and the joys of the young, and it does so in an incredibly sensual, captivating and energetic way.”


Fiction + Docudrama
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La Voix des Autres (The Voice of Others)

Short Film
La Fémis – Ecole nationale supérieure des métiers de l’image et du son | Cinef Cannes
Authors: Fatima Kaci, Pablo Léridon
Director: Fatima Kaci
Producer: Léna Bapt

Rim works as an interpreter for asylum procedures in France. She is bound to strict neutrality and yet every day she is reminded of her own fate as a woman in exile by the stories of the men and women who have fled and whose words she has to translate. Although she knows that she is only supposed to translate what is said from one language into another, compassion drives her to getting involved.

“This is simply powerful: a quiet portrayal of heartbreaking circumstances, wonderfully acted. The restrained staging accommodates the actors, the atmosphere, the fates and the emotions – all in a short space of time. It addresses the relationship between migration and language, the conflict between rules and the desire to help people in need.”


short programmes
The Brandenbleiber – stronger than hate | “The fire brigade is my safe space” – Home despite racism

Original sound collage

electronic media school gGmbH
Author: Hannah Weber
Editors: Sophie Goldau, Felix Leitmeyer, Jannis Byell, Aljoscha Huber, Pauline Pieper, Viviane Menges, Hari Sas, Neela Richter

The question of his origins has been with Jeremy, 18, from Fürstenwalde his whole life. As a child, he had glass bottles thrown at him or was kicked off his bike because of his skin colour. Teachers and social workers belittled such incidents. Jeremy’s safe space is the volunteer fire brigade and his comrades there: It’s where empathy and solidarity count – one  reason why he is a “Brandenbleiber” –  somebody remaining in Brandenburg anyway.

“Powerful and instructive sound bites edited in a user-friendly way. It has pace but is never fleeting. The protagonist provides an encouraging example of how to deal with marginalisation without denying painful experiences.”


lange Programme
Perle – The way back to physical integrity

Author: Yasmina Hamlawi (French original)
Translation | Editing | Direction German version: Annika Erichsen
Editing: Karin Hutzler
French-language original: Jackal Productions, RTBF
Coordinator for Jackal Productions: Manuel Hermia

This is the story of the suffering and escape of Fos from Somalia, who became a victim of female genital mutilation in the village community of her home country. Today she lives in Belgium with two children and a partner of her own choosing, where her clitoris (“my pearl”) has been surgically reconstructed. In addition to Fos herself, a psychologist, a genital surgeon, a midwife and Fos’ 18-year-old daughter Hany have their say.

“Fos is not shown as a victim, but as a courageous person who has fought for self-determination. This is candid and emotionally difficult to bear, but always preserves the dignity of the protagonist. Produced with great technical precision.”


East children 80/82
Episode 39: Sonneberg is our fault!

Authors: Danny Frede, Alexander Derno

Germany’s first AfD district administrator has been elected in Sonneberg, Thuringia. The “East children” Alex and Danny, who grew up in the East but moved away years ago, ask themselves: What does this have to do with us? Is it our fault? And are people who vote for the AfD Nazis or accomplices?

“It’s good that these voices have their say in a podcast. Entertaining, surprising and without pointing fingers, their stories also go into areas where it gets uncomfortable: into the zone of personal responsibility. Big politics reflected in small, personal circumstances.”


The Zone of Interest

Regie: Jonathan Glazer
Drehbuch: Jonathan Glazer
Produzent:innen: James Wilson, Ewa Puszczyńska
Koproduzenten: Bugs Hartley, Bartek Rainski
Produktion: Extreme Emotions Bis, Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film
Verleih: Leonine Studios

Der Lagerkommandant Rudolf Höß und seine Familie wohnen in einer Villa direkt neben dem Konzentrationslager Auschwitz. Den großen Garten trennt nur eine Mauer vom Holocaust. Dieser dringt lediglich in Form von Schreien und Rauch aus dem Schornstein nach draußen, was die Familie ignoriert. Als Höß versetzt werden soll, will seine Frau ihr privilegiertes Leben in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft zum Völkermord nicht aufgeben.