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SIGNIS Award at the Religion Today Film Festival

Monday 17 October 2016, by SIGNIS

Trento, October, 17th, 2016 (SIGNIS). At the Religion Today Film Festival, that took place in Trento, Italy from October 7th to 17th, the SIGNIS Jury gave a Prize in the documentary section as well as a commendation in the Short Film Competition.

The award was given to The Island Of The Monks by Anna Christine Girardot (The Netherlands, 2015, 70 minutes).

The Jury said that it is “a documentary with high cinematographic quality which deals in a respectfull and delicate way with the life of a small community of Cistercian monks at the eve of a big decision.” In a good cinematic language, the director engages us in the questions raised by their faith, doubts and the construction of the project for their future life. You don’t have to be a monk to share their stories.

The commendation was given to Cemetery Men by Ali Mardomi (Iran, 2016, 30 minutes)

This film is a very unusual short film which uses all the grammar of cinema (location, music, acting) to give us a message of solidarity through an everyday life situation. As the pro-tagonist is trying to make a living reciting poems for the dead ones, the director cleverly opens our eyes on any society that can be a cemetery for the poorest.

The Jury members were Antonio Ammirati (Italy), Magali Van Reeth (France) and Zohreh Zamani (Iran).

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