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FATIMA’S HAND

The touching movie, Fatima’s Hand, was not planned to be self-standing. Instead, filming was intended for the movie, 20 Seconds of Joy. However, while the crew was working on the project in the remote area of the Sahel zone in Mali (West Africa), Jens Hoffmann was convinced that the experience had to be made into its own movie. The documentary shows not only the difficulty of the expedition and the mystical mountain called “The Hand of Fatima”, but also the adverse conditions in which the African inhabitants have to deal with daily.
Fatima’s Hand was also produced to help those who, during filming, became very close to the crew: the children of Daari. Only through the help of many, like composer Yullwin Mak, ARRI Film and Giesing Team was the movie possible. All cash prizes from film festivals went directly toward the construction of a well, which was finished at the end of 2006. We have also worked with Rafael Jariod Franco, who has just finished building a school in Garmi. We still support his organization as much as we can and we hope that the movie remains a success and allows us to continue helping the people of Mali.

Year of production: 2006
Format: 35mm
Filming format: 35mm, super 16mm, HD-CAM
Filming location: Mali, West Africa
Running time: approx. 40 minutes
Languages: English, African dialects w. English subtitles

Script/ principal camera/ director: Jens Hoffmann
Additional camera: Stefan Schnappberger, Dee Dee Wallauer, G¸nther Gˆberl, RamÛn Morillas, RamÛn LÛpez
Edited by: Matthias Thˆnnissen
Producer: Cleonice Comino


AWARDS

BEST FILM ON MOUNTAIN SPORTS     Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada
BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL         Hope & Dreams Film Festival, NJ
GOLDEN FRAME, Grand Prix         The Explorers Film Festival, Poland
BEST DOCUMENTARY         Sports Movies & TV International Festival, Italy
SWATCH GRAND PRIZE             Festival du Film des Diablerets, Switzerland
BEST FILM OF ALL CATEGORIES         Festival Internacional de Cine del Aire, Spain
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY     Cervino International Film Festival, Italy
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY         Inka Fest Mountain Film, Peru
SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY         International Mountain Film Festival, Bulgaria
SILVER TEN AWARD             Sports Movies & International Festival - India
PRIX DE L’EXPLOIT CIN…MATOGRAPHIQUE PLANETE
Festival International des Films de Val D’IsËre, France

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST HUMAN RIGHTS FILM
SOLIDARITY AWARD
Festival Internacional de Cinema Digital de la Capital del Cava, Spain
 
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