“Timbuktu” takes Ecumenical Prize at Cannes


by Abderrahmane Sissakoa

 From the press release:

This film tells the story of the life and dignified resistance of men and women in Timbuktu who seek to live according to their culture and traditions while at the same time integrating modern communication media. The film is a strong yet nuanced denunciation of an extremist interpretation of religion.
The Ecumenical Jury Prize honours the film’s high artistic achievement and its humour and restraint. While offering a critique of intolerance the film draws attention to the humanity inherent in each person. (Click HERE to see clips from the film and a longer review from IndieWire)

Two commendations were also given:

by Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

 This documentary masterpiece about photographer Sebastião Salgado is a compelling testimony of our time and a reflection of the human condition worldwide that shows the possibility of hope for humankind.

by Jaime Rosales

 A young Spanish couple with a baby seeks to survive the current crisis. This documentary-style fiction shows us men and women seeking to make choices when confronted with situations that undermine their personal dignity.

The 2014 Ecumenical Jury:   

Guido Convents, Belgium, President             Kristine Greenaway, Canada

Jacques Champeaux, France                       Julia Helmke, Germany

Hervé Giraud, France                                 María José Martínez Ordóñez, Ecuador


Contact presse : Louisiane Arnera – Tél. +33 (0) 6 13 07 20 50 Stand du Jury œcuménique – Niveau 01 – Allée 18/03 – Tél. + 33 (0) 4 92 99 80 62 E-mail : presse.cannes@juryoecumenique.org – Internet : http://cannes.juryoecumenique.org




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