The Award for the Best Film for Tolerance 2020, donated by the Federal Foreign Office, goes to:
A Barcode Scanner (IRQ 2019)
Directors: David Shook
Poem: „A Barcode Scanner” by Zêdan Xelef
The statement by the jury:
"The attribution of poetry having a voice, having a space in resistance against oppression, inhumanity and despair often ends up to be a banal platitude, easily spoken out by those happening to live in safer areas of the world. It becomes even more empty and flat when it’s spoken out to enhance the value of poetry itself. As if literature or art in general would be the real thing to defend and save. What if a voice doesn’t initially intend to be resistant? Political? Revealing? What if that voice only speaks about what’s right in front of the eye and what’s right in front of the eye stays the same, day in, day out, muddy street, then tent block, then muddy street, and just doesn’t change, because the world has some valuable reason to keep things right where they are, sorted and shelved like products in a super market? Then the poetical voice and the cinematographical eye become mediums against oppression and despair by simply and clearly scanning what’s there, repeatedly and impeccably, like the barcodes of a condensed everyday life experience – tent block, then muddy street, then tent block.
From the safe space of our jury we award the Prize for the Best Film for Tolerance to A Barcode Scanner by David Shook, based on a poem and the voice of Zêdan Xelef. Thank you both for the sharp usage of your infrared rays, that reach far beyond a simple technical decoding process."