'When Elephants Fight' wins Solinas prize

Railway worker documentary stirs controversy in Italy

ROME -- The controversial documentary "Quando combattano gli elefanti" (When Elephants Fight) on Wednesday won the 2008 Franco Solinas screenwriting prize, organizers said.

The film, which explores the plight of state railway workers, attracted controversy in August when Minister of Culture Sandro Bondi said it should not have received state funding.

The 23-year-old Solinas honor, named for the Oscar-nominated screenwriter, is given each year to the writer of a film or documentary, giving special consideration to young writers.
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