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“When the Persimmons Grew” wins interreligious jury prize

“When the Persimmons Grew” wins interreligious jury prize

Photo: Subobscura Films

15 April 2019

An interreligious jury at the Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, awarded a prize to the film “When the Persimmons Grew,” the story of a mother who, during the persimmon harvest, philosophizes with her son about the fruits of life. The Azerbaijani director interweaves linear time with the present, capturing the joys of everyday life.

The interreligious jury included a representative from Signis and Interfilm, as well as members from Jewish and Muslim faiths.

The jury awards films that shed light on existential, social or spiritual questions as well as human values. The prize of CHF 5,000 is donated by both the Swiss Catholic Church and Médias-pro, the Media Department of Reformed Churches in the French-speaking part Switzerland, and the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities.

The jury also awarded a commendation to the film “Norie” by Yuki Kawamura. The filmmaker accompanies his father on a journey to the core of the pain caused by the death of his young wife Norie, allowing the viewers to participate in a deeply human process of mourning.

Signis, a Roman Catholic media organization, and Interfilm,  an international interchurch film organization, both have a longstanding connection with the World Council of Churches and the World Association for Christian Communication.

The cinema comes to church as film critics join in Nyon prayers, reflection (WCC news release 08 April 2019)

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