27.9. - 6.10.2018

The Political Film of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Since 2013, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will award a prize at Filmfest Hamburg. Documentary and fiction feature films dealing with political subjects and social or environmental issues are competing for the prize money of 5,000 euros. The prize is being awarded for best directing. 

Award winner 2017

The Wait

Director: Emil Langballe


Jury 2018

David Kleingers
Rainer Hoffmann
Kameramann & Regisseur
Gabriele Dobusch
Mitglied der Hamburgischen Bürgerschaft, Vorsitzende des Kulturausschusses

Nominated Films

Birds Are Singing in Kigali

FF 2017 | Poland 2017 | 113 Min. | OV with german s.t.
Director: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
rated for 0 + years
Ruanda, 1994. The Polish ornithologist Anna is on a field trip when the genocide of the Tutsis at the hands of the Hutus breaks out. Anna manages to …

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

FF 2017 | USA 2016 | 92 Min. | OV
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY In den 1950s, city planner Robert Moses had big plans for New York: run-down quarters would be flattened and replaced with …


FF 2017 | France 2017 | 95 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Nicolas Silhol
rated for 0 + years
Emilie is an HR manager and the soulless, smiling embodiment of neo-liberal profit maximisation ideology. She gets rid of "unviable" employees by …

I am Gentrifications: Confessions of a Scoundrel

FF 2017 | Switzerland 2017 | 96 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Thomas Haemmerli
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY Thomas Haemmerli is Swiss and the son of a lawyer has had a chequered career: the army, squatter, student of law and philosophy, yuppie, …

Life Guidance

FF 2017 | Austria 2017 | 101 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Ruth Mader
rated for 0 + years
Europe in the not too distant future: capitalism has perfected itself and developed an enthusiastic class of achievers to keep it going. They live …

Long Echo

FF 2017 | Germany 2017 | 87 Min. | OV with german s.t.
Director: Veronika Glasunowa, Lukasz Lakomy
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY Dobropillja lies in East Ukraine, 70km from the embattled border to the areas held by pro-Russian separatists. At first glance, the …

Men Don't Cry

FF 2017 | Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia 2017 | 100 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Alen Drljević
rated for 0 + years
The last guests of the season gather at a hotel in the Serbian mountains. They have come to finally face their traumas. At least that's the plan of …

Paris is a moveable feast - a film in 18 waves

FF 2017 | France 2017 | 95 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Sylvain George
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY After the terror attacks on Paris in November 2015, a state of emergency was declared and the right of assembly strictly limited. …

Taste of Cement

FF 2017 | Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar 2017 | 85 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Ziad Kalthoum
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY More than one million people have fled the war in Syria to Lebanon. Many of them work on building sites constructing skyscrapers in …


FF 2017 | Canada 2016 | 94 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Robin Aubert
rated for 0 + years
A cameraman wangles himself a lucrative assignment: documenting the lives of the Inuit communities in Nunavik province for the Canadian government. …

Us and Them

FF 2017 | United Kingdom 2017 | 83 Min. | OV
Director: Joe Martin
rated for 0 + years
Philippa's parents are shocked. This coarse prole brought home by their daughter is her fiancé? It soon becomes clear that Danny isn't just some …

The Wait

FF 2017 | Denmark 2016 | 61 Min. | OV with english st
Director: Emil Langballe, Andrea Storm Henriksen
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY She lives in a small town, talks with her girlfriends about boys they fancy and plays football in the local club. Rokhsar would be living …