26.9. - 5.10.2019

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.

Winner 2018

On Her Shoulders 

Director: Alexandria Bombach

Previous winners

Jury 2018

Timo Hempel
Lektor und Mitglied im AK Medien und Digitales SPD Hamburg
Eva Hubert
Ehemalige Geschäftsführerin der Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
Christian von Brockhausen
Regisseur, Journalist und Videojournalist

Nominated Films

Anote's Ark

FF 2018 | Canada 2018 | 77 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Matthieu Rytz
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY As a country disappears into the sea, its president fights for the future of his citizens. While the industrialized nations bicker …

The Blessed

FF 2018 | France, Belgium, Qatar 2017 | 102 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Sofia Djama
rated for 0 + years
Why didn't we leave? A family is suffering with their home country Algeria. A sensitive drama on the subject of escape, as seen from the other side …

Erased,___ Ascent of the Invisible

FF 2018 | Lebanon 2018 | 76 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Ghassan Halawani
rated for 0 + years
ESSAY A film that resembles an archaeological excavation, a city as transient memory store and a crime of which no trace remains. 35 years ago, …

A Family Tour

FF 2018 | Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia 2018 | 107 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Liang Ying
rated for 0 + years
Family reunion on neutral ground: in a furious melodrama, Yang Lian reworks his own experience of forced placelessness in exile as a politically …

House of My Fathers

FF 2018 | Sri Lanka 2018 | 95 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Suba Sivakumaran
rated for 0 + years
Dealing with trauma in the primeval forests of Sri Lanka: a political parable about war and remembrance with superb, lyrical cinematography. The …

I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians

FF 2018 | Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany 2018 | 139 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Radu Jude
rated for 0 + years
Romania took an active part in the Holocaust – today the country is in complete denial. An absurd morality tale about selective memory in today's …

The Image You Missed

FF 2018 | France, Ireland, USA 2018 | 73 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Donal Foreman
rated for 0 + years
ESSAY The civil war in Northern Ireland as the backdrop for a father-son story – and for a reflection on political cinema. For more than 30 …

In The Desert – A Documentary Diptych

FF 2018 | Israel, Canada 2018 | 215 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Avner Faingulernt
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY In direct proximity and yet without contact: in West Jordan, Israeli settlers and Palestinian farmers live side by side – in separate …

On Her Shoulders

FF 2018 | USA 2018 | 94 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Alexandria Bombach
rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY The portrait of a genocide survivor who became the symbol of a whole ethnic group. Nadia Murad is 23, an Iraki Yazidi and a survivor …

The Raven and The Seagull

FF 2018 | Denmark 2018 | 70 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Lasse Lau
rated for 0 + years
HYBRID Colonial meditation in the permafrost: Greenland's landscape offers space for reflection on the complex relationship with the "mother country" …

Three Faces

FF 2018 | Iran 2018 | 101 Min. | OV with German subtitles
Director: Jafar Panahi
rated for 0 + years
A drama about three generations of Iranian actresses, who enjoy different degrees of freedom to pursue their careers. Jafar Panahi's latest film is …

A Violent Desire for Joy

FF 2018 | France 2018 | 75 Min. | OV with English subtitles
Director: Clément Schneider
rated for 0 + years
The French Revolution in the countryside: a monk has to choose between his holy vows and revolutionary cravings. France 1792: After a few years' …