Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:11AM
Iranian film-maker Mehrdad Oskouei (2nd R) and Italian director Gianfranco Rosi (2nd L) jointly won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale awards ceremony, February 20, 2016.
Iranian film-maker Mehrdad Oskouei (2nd R) and Italian director Gianfranco Rosi (2nd L) jointly won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale awards ceremony, February 20, 2016.

Iranian documentary film-maker Mehrdad Oskouei’s ‘Royahaye Dam-e Sobh’ (Starless Dreams) has won the Amnesty International Film Prize jointly with ‘Fuocoammare’ (Fire at Sea) by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale.

The 5,000-euro (5,500-dollar) prize, which was awarded on Saturday, is aimed at drawing the audiences’ attention to the theme of human rights and encouraging film-makers to work on the issue.

Royahaye Dam-e Sobh displays the life of several girls at an Iranian rehabilitation center, while Fuocoammare is a harrowing documentary about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy. 

The 76-minute Iranian documentary uncovers the disturbing effects of addiction and poverty that have destroyed the lives of the girls. 

The film received the award for the best documentary film director at the 34th International Fajr Film Festival, which was held in the Iranian capital Tehran earlier this month.

The 66th edition of Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 11 to 21 in the German city.