Brussels, April 2nd, 2019. Divine Wind directed by Merzak Allouache is the winner of the SIGNIS Prize at the 29th Festival of Cinema of Africa, Asia and Latin America (FESCAAL), held in Milan from the 23rd to 31st of March.

The Festival is organized by Centro Orientamento Educativo (CEO) since 1991 and is dedicated to the cinema and culture of the countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Sixty films inspired by the cultures of the three continents were presented in total, in addition to meetings and events with the directors.

The SIGNIS jury members, Gaetano Liguori, Cristina Beffa, Ana María Pedroso Guerrero and Riccardo Sorbello, have awarded the prize to Divine Wind by Merzak Allouache (Algeria/Qatar, 2018). Very well filmed in a splendid and neutral black and white, it lets us enter the doubts, the emotions and the despair of two young terrorists who, in a desert that is not only material, must choose death.

The jury also awarded a special mention to Freedom Fields directed by Naziha Arebi (Libya/United Kingdom, 2018). The film tells the story of Libyan women before the Revolution from the point of view of football players who, with the rise of fundamentalism and war, see their rights - already limited - flouted. According to the jury, it is important to show that Libya is not only the land of smugglers and militias but also a place with dreams.