DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2023:

The Nominees



The DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit is donated by B.O.A Videofilmkunst and endowed with 3,000 euros. It honours films across all series that make the perspective of children and young people visible and tangible in a remarkable way. The award will be presented at DOK.fest München 2023 for the tenth time.


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The Nominees

Iran 2022, Jafar Najafi, 61 min.

Since Amir's father died a few years ago, the 14-year-old has been responsible for his younger sisters. Against the village's resistance, he tries to save the girls from being married off. The film shows how the global change of society does not stop at the rural areas of Iran.


Denmark/Estonia/Norway 2022, Jon Bang Carlsen, 76 min.

Only desert, highways and rails surround Winslow, a small town in Arizona. The students of the local high school want to escape the dreariness of their home with a play they wrote themselves. Director Jon Bang Carlson follows their rehearsals and captures the dreams and worries of the young people in images that, between fiction and reality, bring the mythical character of the place to life. 



Poland 2022, Lidia Duda, 84 min.

Zosia, Oskar and Kinga go to boarding school to learn braille. Separated from their families, the children have to get to grips with their new situation by themselves. The three quite different characters become the most important people in each other’s lives. They laugh together and console each other. At eye level with the protagonists, the film shows how a deep bond develops. 


France/Cameroon 2023, Cyrielle Raingou, 75 min.

School, donkey rides, doing homework, romping around in bed before sleeping. This is what a carefree childhood in the north of Cameroon could look like. But the brothers Ibrahim and Mohammed talk about the appearance of their late mother and the girl Falta has lost her father in a terrorist attack. The school is guarded by heavily armed soldiers. The threat of Boko Haram is omnipresent.


Winning film:


Italy/France/Greece 2022, Giulia Amati, 90 min.

10 year-old Kristos is the youngest of 30 inhabitants on the Greek island of Arki. As the only primary school child, he is at a crossroads: Should he carry on his studies at a boarding school or become a shepherd like his brothers? His teacher campaigns for him to continue his education. The film takes on Kristos’ perspective and plunges into his inner world. A moving insight that is visually radiant. 


Jury of DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2023

We are pleased to introduce the jury that will select this year's winner of the DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit.


The film at the festival

The award winner KRISTOS, THE LAST CHILD and the other nominated films will be screened at the 38th DOK.fest München from 3 to 21 May 2023:

3 to 14 May 2023 at the Munich venues
8 to 21 May 2023 @home

The DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit will be presented at a festive award ceremony with film screening on Sunday, 14 May at 6.00pm at Amerikahaus.