PRIX ITALIA 2016 WINNER - SPECIAL PRIZE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC


The Jury:
Barbara Antonelli (ActionAid), Giusi Nicolini (Mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa), Carlotta Sami (UNHCR), Filippo Ungaro (Save the Children)
The President:
Giusi Nicolini (Mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa)
 
THE WINNER IS:
EXODUS: OUR JOURNEY TO EUROPE – BBC - UNITED KINGDOM
Direction: James Bluemel - Producing organisation: BBC
 
The jury would like to express its gratitude to each one of the participants in the Special Prize of the President of the Italian Republic and to congratulate each of the entries: works, of extremely high quality, dealing with universal themes that directly affect us all. We chose to celebrate a work dealing with one of the most dramatic issues in our history: one of people compelled by war, violence and loss of their basic human rights to leave their own country. The third of anniversary of 3rd October 2013 migrant shipwreck disaster off Lampedusa falls this week and it is precisely here on this same island, the symbol of solidarity and welcome, where we are, the Special Prize of the President of the Italian Republic to EXODUS: Breaking into Europe, directed by James Bluemel, co-produced by the BBC based on an idea from KEO Films. This work innovatively, movingly and devoid of rhetoric records the terrible consequences of the war in Syria and the journey undertaken by thousands for Europe. Everything may be summed up in the frank words uttered by one of the protagonists when his feet first touch European soil: “This is Europe? I thought it’d be”.