The Ecumencial Jury awards its Prize at FIFF 2014 to Lee Sujin from South Corea for his film Han Gong-Ju with the following motivation:
«Han Gong-Ju, a young high-school student, is a victim of gang rape. With great dramatic power this film denounces a sexist society which blames its victims and isolates them socially. It is possible to find within oneself the resources necessary to overcome such a tragedy, and the character of Han Gong-Ju is swimming against the current of a certain kind of fatalism which would deny that life can triumph over death.»
This award consisting of CHF 5'000 is conferred jointly by two institutions of the churches working in development cooperation, Fastenopfer (catholic) and Bread for All (protestant), to the director whose film best reflects the situation of men and women in Africa, Asia and Latin America and stands for Human Dignity and Rights, Solidarity and lasting Development.
The Ecumenical Jury also made a special commendation for the film Constructors (Kazakhstan, 2012) by Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Two brothers and a sister, living in a highly precarious situation, try to assert their legal rights to build a house and establish a home. By the originality of its approach and the creativity displayed this film deals with a deeply human relationship.
The members of the Ecumenical Jury of the 28e Fribourg International Film Festival are:
Joël Baumann, Rodilhan (France) – President
Alan Foale, Leeds (United Kingdom)
Dorothée Thévenaz Gygax, Vevey (Switzerland)
Il Kang, Hamburg (Germany)
Saturday, 5 April 2014, 18:00
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