“The German branch of Amnesty International has awarded the prize for the first time at the Berlinale 2005. The jury will view films entered into the Competition, Panorama, Forum and Generation sections, paying special attention to documentaries. The aim of the prize is to draw the attention of audiences and representatives of the film industry to the theme of human rights and encourage filmmakers to tackle this topic,” writes the official website of the Festival.
‘Fuocoammare’ (‘Fire at Sea’) by Gianfranco Rosi and ‘Daybreak Dreams’ (‘Royahaye Dame Sobh’) by Mehrdad Oskouei, both documentaries will share the €5,000 prize. Abbas Amini’s ‘Valderama’ was also screened in the ‘Generation’ section of the Berlinale along with ‘Daybreak Dreams. Mahoud Sabbagh’s ‘Bounty Meets Bounty’ (‘Barakah Yoqabil Barakah’) won the prize in Forum section jointly with ‘Those who Jump’ by Aboubakar Sidibe, Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner. Berlinale, 66th edition of Berlin International Film Festival kicked off February 11 and will wrap February 21 (Sunday).