JIYAN wins the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 41st Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

At the award ceremony of this year’s Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, JIYAN (director/screenwriter: Süheyla Schwenk, cinematographer: Florian Wurzer, producer: Sara Fazilat, Roxana Richters) won the Ecumenical Jury Prize endowed with a €2500 award.

The reasons:

“This haunting, intimate chamber play is strengthened by the interplay of the camera and set design. The film explores the way in which prejudices within the family structure and degrading social realities are handled. It is precisely the filmmaker’s refusal to use an unnecessarily large dramatic arc and to favour a focus on the daily concerns and hardships within the private sphere that bring forth the protagonists’ humanity.

Cleverly written, the film details the life of a young Syrian/Kurdish family and their relatives in Germany.

At the end, the question asked is: What is a human life worth?”


Congratulations to the whole team!


Credit: ffmop / Oliver Dietze

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