CIVIS Prize-winners 2019

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.

Kippa / Kippah

Short film
Hamburg Media School | NDR
Author: Lukas Nathrath
Assessment panel: Prof. Richard Reitinger
Co-production: Christian Granderath, Sabine Holtgreve

Content: 14-year-old Oskar is viciously bullied after his classmates learn that he is Jewish. The attacks are becoming increasingly more threatening. His classmates force him to set fire to an Israeli flag. While the headmaster ignores his parents’ pleas, Oskar finds his own ways to deal with the humiliations and stand by his identity. Based on a true story, the short film tells a story about anti-Semitic bullying and violence against a Jewish classmate at a German school. An explosive topic, highly topical – outstanding cinematography and acting. A wide audience is desired.

Jury’s remarks: An uncomfortable and highly relevant film about anti-Semitic phenomena in Germany. Based on a true case, this short film, which is outstanding in terms of its production and acting, depicts mobbing and violence against a Jewish classmate. It shows the ignorant inability of the German school and the trivialisation of brutal attacks. Identity and the desire of the attacked pupil to assert himself bring a highly charged political topic into focus. The film poses important questions about the integrative capacity of German society. Outstanding cinematography and acting. The film deserves to be seen by a wide audience.

Das kleine Fernsehspiel - Als Paul über das Meer kam / When Paul came over the Sea

ZDF/ZDF Info | Weydemann Bros.
Author, director: Jakob Preuss
Editor: Diana Kraus, Milena Seyberth
Production: Jakob Weydemann, Jonas Weydemann

Content: A documentary that deliberately exceeds limits. Paul Nkamani battled his way through the Sahara to the coast of Morocco. This is where Paul and the filmmaker Jakob Preuss meet. Paul soon manages to cross over to Spain in a rubber dinghy. He survives – but half of his fellow travellers die on the two-day odyssey. When Paul reaches Spain and decides to continue to Germany, Jakob has to decide: should he actively help Paul or remain an observing documentary maker? Conflicts between protagonist and filmmaker are openly reflected – disillusioning, unusual, outstanding.

Jury’s remarks: A film about human encounters. An unusual escape story. A documentary film that gets very close to its protagonist and sensitively depicts his state of mind. Cartoons illustrate the horror that cannot be portrayed on film. A moving protocol of individual decision that is versatile in its use of media. Paul Nkamani provides an insight into his hopes and desires, while also making clear demands. The conflicts between him and the filmmaker are openly reflected upon. The boundaries of protocolling journalism between documentation and expected assistance become apparent. An outstanding film.

Krieg der Träume / Clash of Futures (6)

Television series
LOOKS Film & TV Produktionen | SWR/ARD | ARTE among others
Author | Director: Jan Peter, Frédéric Goupil
Co-author: Jean-Luis Schlesser
Editor: Gerolf Karwath (SWR – lead) among others
Production: LOOKSfilm, Iris Group, Les Films d’Ici, with Fortis Imaginatio

Content: End of the First World War, 1918: with the fall of the monarchies and the founding of new states, Europe became a laboratory for new ideas, hopes and societal concepts. Democrats, communists and fascists compete for supremacy. The drama series “Krieg der Träume” shows what this means for the people. Elaborately staged and consolidated with documentary film and photographic material, the hopes of people in the interwar period become visible from various national perspectives and parallels with today become clear. Highly topical, cinematically brilliant and masterfully acted, excellently researched.

Jury’s remarks: A great television series: exciting, highly relevant, cinematically outstanding and brilliant in terms of acting. A European film that shows how people are enticed and enthused by populist slogans and propaganda from different national perspectives. Similarities to the present- day become noticeable (episode 6 | Promise). Excellently researched, with unusually impressive collages of images, the drama series delivers the shocking experience of illiberal authoritarian structures and oppression in different walks of life – a counter-image of a political and culturally diverse, integrative society.

This extraordinary production deals with a dark chapter of European history 100 years after the end of the First World War. It shows the strengthening of left- and right-wing populists and the increase in group-related agitation and hostility in historical terms. It clearly illustrates that each individual bears responsibility for social and political developments in his or her time.


Television film
Alva Film Production | Need Productions | Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)
Authors: Jacqueline Surchat, Nicole Borgeat
Director: Nicole Borgeat
Editor | Production: Britta Rindelaub, Anna-Laure Guegan, Géraldine Sprimont, Francoise Mayor, Izabela Rieben, Patrick Suhner

Content: Entertaining comedy with a serious background. The young, ambitious and xenophobic politician Theo is in the middle of a groundbreaking campaign for his career in a populist right-wing party. But one day he wakes up in the skin of the asylum-seeking Muslim Beriwan, who cleans his home. In turn, the Kurdish woman is also trapped inside Theo’s body. They can only awaken from this nightmare by joining forces. Will they manage to put aside their mutual prejudices so not to lose everything? Identity and integration: self-deprecating, without false consideration – humorous, fast-paced, strong images, impressive acting.

Jury’s remarks: A highly amusing and surprising comedy about identity and integration. While being stuck in each other’s bodies, a xenophobic politician and an asylum-seeking Muslim woman are forced to face their mutual prejudices. An imaginative utopia, insightful with lively dialogues, captivating wordplay and outstanding actors. Fast-paced, self-mocking and without an excess of considerateness. An outstanding film.

Europamagazin: Italien | Frankreich: Flüchtlingsretter in den Alpen / Refugee saviours in the Alps

SWR | ARD/Das Erste
Author: Lourdes Picareta
Editor: Johannes Georg Müller

Content: Even in winter, people from African countries try to conquer Alpine passes. Refugees always find a way. No matter how many refugee routes are closed, no matter how great the barriers that European governments have imposed. There are people who live in the mountain villages who help them – and are therefore liable to prosecution. European law prohibits private individuals from helping refugees, even if their lives are in danger. Those who help say that we have a responsibility towards people. They are not traffickers. A perfectly normal village with extraordinary people – excellent report, very politically relevant.

Jury’s remarks: The impressive short report shows a perfectly normal village with extraordinary people. The inhabitants stand for a humanistic view of human beings that does not exclude others. Humanity and cruelty collide in tremendous density throughout the film. A magazine report of high political relevance reporting on a largely unheeded human catastrophe in the Alps. Impressive, powerful images - an excellent journalistic achievement.

Ö1 Morgenjournal: Asylquartier „wie ein Gefängnis – eine Schande für Österreich“ / Asylum district “like a prison – a disgrace for Austria”

Authors: Paul Schiefer, Bernt Koschuh
Director: Barbara Weinzierl
Editor: Paul Schiefer, Bernt Koschuh

Accommodation for conspicuous, unaccompanied minors whose asylum request has been rejected. The district in Drasenhofen is fenced with barbed wire and the young people are only allowed to leave for one hour a day accompanied by security forces. Structureless custody under tightened security precautions. The public prosecutor’s department is investigating suspected imprisonment. The asylum district was established by the Asylum Regional Council of Lower Austria led by Gottfried Waldhäusl (FPÖ/ Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs - Austrian Freedom Party) for “notorious troublemakers”. An impressive journalistic performance that makes an impact – critically, factually and clearly.

Jury’s remarks: An impressive live interview with Gottfried Waldhäusl (FPÖ), Provincial Councillor of Lower Austria for Asylum Policy. Very objective, critical and reactive - of high cognitive interest. Within a short time, the point of view of the interviewee is illustrated in a richly varied way. There is room for the listeners to form their own opinion. A journalistic achievement with a political impact beyond the radiophone. The asylum quarter was closed on the same day by the Head of the Provincial Government of Lower Austria, Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP).

Feature: Bella Palanka – Abgeschoben ins serbische Nirgendwo / Deported to nowhere in Serbia

Deutschlandradio/Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Author | Director: Johanna Bentz
Editor: Ingo Kottkamp

Content: After a prison sentence of more than three years, Germany deports “criminal foreigners” to their home countries. But what if they don’t have a home there anymore? Emrah Gradina, 28, has to build a new life in Serbia. He has spent 22 years of his life in Germany, only speaks broken Serbian and is now completely on his own. The feature makes Emrah the narrator of his own life. It shows attempts at a new beginning but does not leave out his difficult past in Germany. An empathetic audio portrait, impressive, close to the mark; tells a story of which we often only know the beginning.

Jury’s remarks: The radio feature tells a story of which we often only know the beginning. What happens to people after their deportation? A portrayal of the 22-year-old Emrah who lives in a reception camp for deported offenders in the Serbian village of Bella Palanka. Using a concise and precise language, the feature provides a sensitive insight into the young man’s environment and living life without prospects – regardless of any questions of guilt. The author’s role between closeness and distance to her protagonist is clearly addressed. A great audiophonic performance - highly informative, brilliantly produced.

Weitwinkel | Die Visual Story im Digitalen Spiegel: Festung Osteuropa: Der letzte Gegner / Fortress of Eastern Europe: the final opponent
Internet offer
Spiegel Online
Authorised to represent: Bartholomäus von Laffert
Concept | Realisation: Moritz Richter, Paul Lovis Wagner, Bartholomäus von Laffert Editor: Jens Radü

Content: Where does the EU’s isolation lead? While the situation of migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe is extensively reported on, developments on the eastern external border of the Union receive little media attention. What motivates the people who live and work there? What kinds of the people try to get past the border fortifications and who actually defends the borders? “Der letzte Gegner” is one of four multimedia stories along the Eastern European external border in autumn 2018. Highly topical – excellent cross-media editing, impressive dramaturgy.

Jury’s remarks: The excellently presented cross-media website (360°) illustrates the situation and the humanitarian challenges at the Eastern external borders of the EU in an impressive way. Interviews that are professionally linked in terms of dramaturgy, videos as well as precise text elements provide an insight into touching human destinies and the armament of the military EU border regime towards “Fortress Europe”. Current, visually powerful, factual – a journalistically outstanding website.

Jäger & Sammler: Stadt. Land. Heimat. / City. Country. Community.
Web video
UFA X für funk – Content-Netzwerk ARD/ZDF
Authorised to represent: Florian Hager, Kyo Mali Jung, Ilka Brecht
Concept | Realisation: Mirjam Wlodawer, Tarik Tesfu, Kyo Mali Jung, Maxi Garden, Kosei Takasaki

Content: Does the community need a ministry for community? And what does “community” mean anyway? Everything within certain limits – friends and family, dachshund and beer garden? It is a place or more of a feeling? Host Tarik Tesfu travels from Bayern to Mecklenburg. His interviews show that community means different things to different people. The help of Horst Seehofer’s ministry is not really needed by anyone when it comes to community. JÄGER & SAMMLER is youthful, curious and offensive – a team that expresses strong opinions on socially relevant topics. Community as one of the definitive topics – brilliantly staged in a humorous, light and clever way.

Jury’s remarks: The radio feature tells a story of which we often only know the beginning. What happens to people after their deportation? A portrayal of the 22-year-old Emrah who lives in a reception camp for deported offenders in the Serbian village of Bella Palanka. Using a concise and precise language, the feature provides a sensitive insight into the young man’s environment and living life without prospects – regardless of any questions of guilt. The author’s role between closeness and distance to her protagonist is clearly addressed. A great audiophonic performance - highly informative, brilliantly produced.

CIVIS SPECIAL: Fußball und Integration >TV.VIDEO<
Zlatan: For Sweden – with the times

SVT | B Reel Films
Authors: Leo Razzak, Nils Andersson
Director: Leo Razzak
Editor: Nils Andersson, Olof Berglind, Nathan Grossmann
Production: Frederik Heinig, Pelle Nillsson

Content: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the world’s best footballers, begins with the words: “My mother is a Croatian Catholic, my father is a Muslim from Bosnia. I feel entirely Swedish. I am the new Sweden.” The documentary shows the fantastic journey through life of the star player from Sweden’s poorest suburb Rosengard to historical goals, wins and trophies in the top league of world football. The feeling of always being an outsider with his strange-sounding name has nevertheless left lasting marks on him: a feeling of exclusion and resistance. Unusual, integrative – with a very personal, great interview.

Jury’s remarks: An excellent and highly personal documentary about world class player Zlatan Ibrahimovic – with an impressive interview. The football player has become the personified immigration history of Sweden. Against all odds, he rose from street footballer to superstar and Swedish national hero. Zlatan has become a role model for many young people with a migrant background. His message: You can make it. This unusual documentary illustrates the integrative power of European football. Outstanding in form and content.

CIVIS SPECIAL: Fußball und Integration >AUDIO<
Ein Rom träumt von der Champions Leage – die ungarische Fußball-Legende Istvan Mezei / A Roma dreams of the Champions League – the Hungarian football legend Istvan Mezei

Author: Mirko Schwanitz
Director: Wolfgang Rindfleisch
Editor: Wolfgang Schiller

Content: Istvan Mezei is a legend in Hungary. In 1980 he accompanied the Hungarian Olympic football team to Moscow. Shortly afterwards, the football activist founded the country’s first Roma team and organised a Roma youth league with Hungarian football idol Janos Farkas. When excessive violence against Roma occurred in Eastern Europe in the 1990s, he organised football tournaments between the police and Roma. The life story of a football fanatic and his ongoing fight against discrimination. Credible and comprehensible – technically brilliant. Shows the integrative power of football, opens up a world you don’t know.

Jury’s remarks: Football legend Istvan Mezei contradicts all clichés about Roma people - which still exist in Europe. The feature with brilliant audiophonic quality opens up a world which is unknown as such. An exciting panorama of Central European history – told from the perspective of a Rom. The convincing commitment to football and against discrimination leaves a deep impression. Credible and comprehensible – outstanding in form and content.

CIVIS SPECIAL: Fußball und Integration >DIGITAL<
Scoring Girls
Web video e. V.
Authorised to represent: D. Tekkal, T. Tekkal, T. Tekkal

Content: Scoring girls. A web video about an integration project for Yazidi, Muslim and Christian girls between the ages of eight and twenty. Most of them come from refugee families, but some also come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. They are trained by Tugba Tekkal in Cologne. The Yazidi woman was a professional footballer until 2014. She is convinced that football brings the girls together despite all differences and gives them self-confidence. In football they learn to achieve everything through hard work and belief in themselves. Shows the integrative power of football. Empowerment for young women.

Jury’s remarks: A web video about the sports and integration project “Scoring Girls”, which brings together girls from immigrant families and difficult social conditions through football, overcoming all differences and strengthening their self-confidence. Empowerment for young women. The video gives an insight into the context of the players without using common role models. It shows the integrative power of football. Dramaturgically convincing – impressive in content and form.

CIVIS SPECIAL: Fußball und Integration >DIGITAL<
WUMMS: Monsters of Kreisklasse: Religionen / Religions
Web video
funk – Content-Netzwerk ARD/ZDF
Authorised to represent: Florian Hager, Stefan Spiegel, Dominique Ziesemer, Andreas Neumann, Amelie Herberg
Concept | Realisation: Steffen Heisterberg, Jesko Friedrich, Dennis Kaupp

Content: Cartoon series. The unsuccessful amateur footballers at “Borussia Hodenhagen” play against opponents from various pop culture franchises and other topics. In this episode Hodenhagen encounters religions that form a team and play together. The episode satirically exaggerates the excessive idealisation of football, in which players are regarded as equals to God, get divine help through “the hand of God” or represent their own religion together along with the football god. The world religions in the context of football are playfully thought out with clever wordplay. For more ease and tolerance – without losing dignity.

Jury’s remarks: In the >Social Media cartoon series< a typical substandard amateur football team competes against the religions team and suffers a bitter defeat. Satirical and humorous exaggeration of the exorbitant glorification of football, in which players are considered to be godlike. Rich in allusions, with convincing wordplay and attention to detail. For more ease and tolerance in dealing with religions – without losing dignity. Impressive in form and content.