Fatih Akın receives Weiss award with a ceremony
BOCHUM - Anatolia News Agency
The award and the 15,000 euro prize have been bestowed Fatih Akın.Turkish-German director Fatih Akın has been awarded the German Peter-Weiss Award, accepting the reward at a ceremony held recently, according to a statement by the Bochum city administration.
The jury responsible for selecting the winner of the Peter-Weiss Award said Akın maintained the late German writer and film producer Peter Weiss’s opposition to political and social situations. Akın is an artist whose works drew attention to the issues of his homeland, they said.
Akın was bestowed the award and the 15,000 euro prize associated with it for his interest in intercultural understanding and reconciliation in an award ceremony held in Schauspielhaus Hall in Bochum, according to Bochum officials.
The Peter-Weiss Award has been granted to artists in the fields of literature, theater and cinema every two years since 1990.
Akın recently attracted attention from the international community with his newest film, “Polluting Paradise,” which charts struggles by villagers in a Black Sea town to deal with a government decision to convert their settlement into a garbage dump.