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.