Here they are: Jan Kopetzk's first photographic impressions of this year's Prix Europa, giving a proper view on the jury work and the passionate discussions of programme makers coming from throughout Europe.
Monday, October 22, 2012
|"Documentary On One: The Secret Chicken Society", RTÉ|
Jenny and Willie O'Mara are Irish farmers about to take part in Ireland's national poultry show. They shampoo their pets in the shower, dry them with a hairdryer (I actually didn't know what hairdryers are for) in order to make them champions. "Documentary On One: The Secret Chicken Society" (RTÉ Radio 1) is lighthearted and brillantly composed, telling an unexpectedly hilarious story of people loving their chickens just because they are beautiful birds. Not just food.
|"The Judge and the Victims" - The Ardous battle|
for Ghetto Pensions, BR/ARD
"The Judge and the Victims - The Arduous Battle for Ghetto Pensions" (Bayerischer Rundfunk BR/ARD, BR Bayern 2) is a beautifully crafted tale of a penny-pinching bureaucracy, highly reluctant in dealing with the wrongs of the past, and of a rebellious mind with a vision beyond the wording of the law.
|"Crossing Continents: Forced Sterilisation|
in Uzbekistan", BBC
|"Sense and Sensibility", NRK|
"Sense and Sensibility" (NRK) takes us along Bjarte's long path from ADHD diagnosis to extreme sports, drug abuse and to ending up as a modern outlaw. It lets us look deep down into a troubled mind on the brink of psychosis, to a point where justice and psychiatry are helpless. The story is thrilling, full of almost physical aggression, leaving its listener restless and perplexed.
|"Let's Drive for Your Native Land", Russia|
"Let's Drive for Your Native Land" (Foundation for Independent Radio, Webradio Podstantsiya) is a report rather than a radio documentary. Even if its tone remains grave and educational it sheds light on what media refer to as "the opposition" - in a country pretending to be democratic.
|"The price of exile", ACSR, RTBF, La Première|
"The price of exile" ("Le prix de l'exile", Atelier de Création Sonore Radiophonique ACSR, RTBF, La Première) is a carefully crafted programme about great expectations shattering on a social ground we tend to ignore. "On ne parle pas beaucoup", one of the protagonists says: "The price of exile" is a quiet and slow-paced piece about unspoken words, about loneliness, love, anger and grief, and about two worlds seemingly light years apart. Even if a number of underlying stories remain untold: "The price of exile" is a remarkable portrait of a family that has been torn apart.
This house gave birth to the German radio documentary half a century ago. In its corridors two doyens of the genre, Peter Leonhard Braun and Aldo Gardini, can be met these days. Therefore day two: Radio documentary.