November 8 (Mon)

This event is over.

10:30A.M. – 12:00P.M.

Screening of Japan Prize Classics:
Gods of Molenbeek (2020 Grand Prix)

Japan Prize Classics presents some of the best works from past Japan Prize competitions.
This time, we return to Gods of Molenbeek, the 2020 Grand Prix winner. Set in Molenbeek, a district of Brussels known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, this documentary features the friendships between two six-year olds; Aatos, a Christian boy from Finland, and Amine, a Muslim boy from Morocco.
Last year’s jury praised the film for being “a unique, subtle and powerful documentary that stands out for its sensitivity to portray the friendship of six-year-old children, through their existential questions.”

The Grand Prix Japan Prize 2020/The Best Work in the Youth Division (The Minister for Foreign Affairs Prize) in 2020

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Set in Molenbeek, a district of Brussels labelled by the media as a center of Islamic extremism, Aatos is from Finland and fascinated by the Heroes of Greek mythology, while Amine is from Morocco and raised in the Muslim faith. Although they come from very different backgrounds, both live in the same apartment block and share a strong bond. One day, a terrorist attack in the neighborhood exposes Aatos and Amine to the fractures in the society.