The Prize for the Best Film for Tolerance 2019, donated by the Federal Foreign Office, goes to:
Four Acts for Syria (DEU 2019)
Directors: Kevork Mourad and Waref Abu Quba
Poem: „Four Acts For Syria” by Raeh Wahesh
The statement by the jury:
A city devoid of its residents is the protagonist of this film, which tells its story as a tableau in its walls and in its objects. There is no war yet. We glide through splendid apartments and courtyards, past crackling chimney fires and clattering window shutters, up and down the staircases and through gates, doors and corridors into rooms and chambers. The objects which inhabit the spaces,, vessels, telephones, framed photographs, tell the story of the inhabitants through visual storytelling and sound memory.The beginning of a futile war - people disappear, - they perish on dangerous and deadly escape routes.
This animated film strikingly depicts the war, but also Syria, which was destroyed in its course. In the end, it is the city itself that speaks to us in the poem: "They have killed me and turned me into my own graveyard."