16 Jun 2009 Berlin 2009
|The Ecumenical Jury awarded its main competition prize to Little Soldier (Annette Oleson, Denmark 2008) which depicts a quest for freedom from a violent past and troubling present. The film portrays a young female soldier back home from a peacekeeping mission. who is struggling to cope with this difficult experience.
The implications of facing up to violence peacefully are deftly explored in Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s London River (2009, Algeria/French/UK) The film (still right) received extremely positive reviews and a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury, especially for the way in which it showed how prejudices can be overcome and mutual respect developed in the midst of tragedy.