Leipzig, November, 7th, 2016 (SIGNIS). For the first time, an interreligious jury was at the DOK Leipzig festival. The jury gave its prize to Cahier Africain, by Heidi Specogna (Germany/Switzerland).

Cahier Africain talks about the ongoing atrocities between different religious and ethnic groups in the Central African Republic. It centers on the lives of Arlette, a young wounded Christian girl and Amzine, a Muslim woman, who gave birth to her daughter after a violent rape. Amidst the desperate situation, Amzine manages to find a fragile safety as refugee in Chad. In this camp, the rift between mother and daughter starts to heal.

The Interreligious Jury congratulates the filmmaker on her sensitive approach to her protagonists, her poetic filming and for leaving the viewer with a shimmer of hope through the images of the women rebuilding their lives.

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The 59th edition of this festival for documentaries and animated films was held from October 31 to November 6th, 2016. The Jury was composed by Annet Betsalel (The Netherlands), Thomas Bohne et Irina Grassmann (Germany).