Jury Locarno 2008
Alexander Deeg (Germany)
Studies in Protestant theology at the University Erlangen and Judaistic at the Hebrew University in Erlangen. Ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church of Bavaria and PhD about homiletical lecture of texts in the dialogue with Judaism. He works as a lecturer for Practical Theology at Erlangen University and (among others) as lecturer for «Dramaturgical Homiletics» at «Atelier Sprache» in Brunsvick. In his liturgical and homiletical studies the film plays an important role as a paradigm for the churchs preaching and the dramaturgy of worship. He was a member of INTERFILM in the Ecumenical Jury at the Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2004.
Felipe Espinosa Torres (Mexico)
Catholic Jesuit Priest. He has a Master in Communication and is specialist in cinema critics. He has taught educational radio and cinema analysis and worked 20 years as an educator among Mexican campesionis in different broadcasting systems. He has been director of «Saint Xavier» Communication Center in Mexico city, a jesuit production center in radio and video. He is currently Professor and Director of Public Relations at the Iberoamericana University at Torreόn and serves as a Vice-President of SIGNIS-Mexico. Member of the SIGNIS-Jury at the Buenos Aires Film Festival 2007.
Douglas Fahleson (Ireland)
Writer, director and producer, who began his career as an actor in London having graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He also received a Masters degree in screenwriting from USC, where he studied film criticism with Kenneth Turan, chief film critic for the Los Angeles Times. He is Vice-President of CIMA (Catholics in Media Associates, the US member of SIGNIS) and has been member of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlinale 2008.
Serge Molla (Switzerland) – President
Studies in Protestant theology and theological PhD. Ordained pastor of the Reformed Church in the Canton of Vaud (within french part of Switzerland). Responsible of sectors concerning worships and cultures. Regular writer for the «Cinéfeuilles» review and one of the organisers of the «Cercle dEtudes Cinématographiques». Author of several articles and books, among these «Les idées noires de M.L.King Jr.», «Jacques Chessex et La Bible» and recently (with Giles Lugrin) «Dieu, otage de la pub ?» (God, hostage of the marketing?). Member of the interreligious Jury of the Festival «Visions du réel », Nyon 2008.
Astrid Polz-Watzenig (Austria)
Graduate in Catholic theology at the University of Graz. Currently managing director of the Afro-Asian Institute in Graz and consultant in the domain of films to the bishop of the diocese Graz-Seckau and consultant for the media offices of the Austrian Bishops Conference. Member of the board of SIGNIS Europe. Head of SIGNIS/INTERFILM Film Group Styria, Manager of film retreats in the Benedictine monastery of St.Lambrecht. Member and partially president of juries (SIGNIS or ecumenical) at festivals in Alba, Milan, Venice, Linz, Graz, Oberhausen. In charge of the DIAGONALE-Jury within the diocese Graz-Seckau.
Sham P. Thomas (India)
Ordained priest of the «Mar Thoma Church» in Malabar (South-India) and Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication at the United Theological College in Bangalore (India). His research interest is in the mediation of religion in the media. He teaches various subjects like «Christian Principles of Communication» and «Communication, Social Change and Development». He participated at the International Ecumenical Film Conference on «Peacemaking in the World of Film» in Edinburgh 2007 and made an illustrated presentation on «Film and Communal Conflict in Indian Cinema».
Saturday, 21 June 2008, 11:42