Leipzig, November, 6th, 2017 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). For the second year, the Interreligious jury awarded a film at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.

For the 60th edition of the festival, held from October 30 to November 5, the interreligious jury awards its Prize to the Dutch film “Liefde is aardappelen” (Love Is Potatoes) by Aliona van der Horst (2017).

Using the example of a personal search for traces, Love is Potatoes reveals an episode of world history.  On a quest for her own roots, the author finds, in a house in Russia, evidence of her origins, the flight, the story of her family, the way the past was dealt with, the issue of forgetting, the effects of hunger – all measured against the yardstick of death.  Working with pictures of the house and the souvenirs, with letters, sound recordings and especially with Italian animation artist Simone Massi’s excellent visuals, Aljona van der Horst has created a moving and profound work of art, not without risking a pinch of irony and humour, too.

Since 1990, SIGNIS and INTERFILM have had an ecumenical jury at DOK Leipzig, but, last year, the festival asked the two organisations to include non-Christian members to support the intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

The Prize is endowed with €2,500, donated by the Interreligious Roundtable Leipzig and the VCH-Hotels Germany GmbH in the “Verband Christlicher Hoteliers e.V.” including the Hotel MICHAELIS in Leipzig.

he members of the Jury are Michael Jäger, CO (Germany), Yasmine Kassari (Belgium), Brigitte Rotach (Switzerland) and Christiane Thiel (President, Germany).