Director Gianfranco Rosi 'overwhelmed' to win Golden Bear prize for Best Film for his documentary ''Fuocoammare'' (Fire at Sea) about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Rough Cut - no reporter narration
Gianfranco Rosi's documentary film "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea), won the coveted Golden Bear prize for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival over the weekend. Looking at the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, off the Italian island of Lampedusa, it was a fitting end for a festival which went out of its way to make refugees welcome by giving them free tickets. Rosi paid tribute to those who risked their lives to escape war and poverty, and to the people of Lampedusa who welcomed them. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, GIANFRANCO ROSI, SAYING: ''So I hope this film can create an awareness it's a testimony this film it's a testimony of a tragedy that is horrible to imagine that we are still, you know people can die in that way and I faced that in front of me that was coming to me and I had to film that.'' The Italian director was presented his award by this year's jury president Meryl Streep, an experience he admitted was overwhelming. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, GIANFRANCO ROSI, ON WINNING THE GOLDEN BEAR, SAYING: "I could see her eyes when she gave me the award how moved she was and how important for her it was so it's been extremly wonderful.'' The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Death in Sarajevo and its director Danis Tanovic. And Best Director went to France's Mia Hansen-Love for her film "L'Avenir" (Things to Come).