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Conversations with Siro Dima El-Horr
From her French exile, the director continues the dialogue with her friend who stayed in Beirut. The result is a densely woven film full of emotional contrasts.
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Conversations with Siro

Conversations avec Siro
Dima El-Horr
International Competition
Documentary Film
Lebanon,
France
2021
52 minutes
Arabic,
French
subtitles: 
French, English
International Premiere

Lebanese filmmaker Dima El-Horr moved to Paris several years ago. Among the friends who stayed at home is the artist Sirvat Fazlian, whom she regularly visits in Beirut until the failed revolution of 2019, the COVID lockdown, the devastating port explosion and finally the dramatic economic crisis put a temporary end to their meetings. So the director decides to give her conversations with Siro a cinematic form.

Ever since the death of her husband, the well-known Armenian actor Berj Fazlian, Siro has lived alone in a flat filled with souvenirs and devoted most of her time to music and painting. In this film, footage from the years before 2019 blends with recorded phone calls between Siro and Dima and recent scenes from Paris, coming together in a densely woven portrait of life in exile. While snow falls in Paris, Siro talks about warm days on the Mediterranean coast and sings Armenian songs. She rails against the permanent crisis in Lebanon, but her nature is not affected. For one thing, Siro personifies the legendary Lebanese resilience. Yet for the filmmaker she represents that part of the heart that people in exile leave behind. So almost inevitably, “Conversations with Siro” becomes the director’s dialogue with herself.

Christoph Terhechte

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27.10.
#324
CineStar 4
When Light is Displaced + Conversations with Siro
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27.10.2021
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#324
When Light is Displaced + Conversations with Siro
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29.10.
#571
Regina 4
When Light is Displaced + Conversations with Siro
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29.10.2021
Regina 4
#571
When Light is Displaced + Conversations with Siro
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31.10.
#732
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When Light is Displaced + Conversations with Siro
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Dima El-Horr
Paul Rognoni
Sabine Sidawi
Dima El-Horr
Catherine Zins
Jean-Pierre Dussardier

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Nominated for FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury
International Competition
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Fati’s Choice Fatimah Dadzie
A change of perspective on migration to Europe: Having returned because she missed her children, Fati meets with little understanding in her Ghanaian home village.
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Fati’s Choice

Le choix de Fati
Fatimah Dadzie
International Competition
Documentary Film
Ghana,
South Africa
2021
45 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English
World premiere

A beach reminds us of Fati’s recent past. She came to Italy by sea, without papers, pregnant for the fifth time. Longing for her children, she returned to Ghana six months later – without her husband. The people around her can’t understand this decision. “You’ve created a mess,” a friend says. “How do I tell people?” a sister asks. But Fati wants to provide for her family, even though she still has to liberate three of her children from the custody of her in-laws.

Numerous recent documentaries have been dedicated to the experiences of people who arrive in the EU and get caught in the degrading conditions of asylum politics, but this work by Ghanaian director Fatimah Dadzie offers a change of perspective. In Fati’s hometown, Europe is considered a paradise – and what fool would voluntarily run away from there? The decision has lost the returnee all prestige. Her social exclusion is shown here by relatives as talking heads, directly in front of the camera. But when the film overlays everyday images of care work or street hawking with Fati’s voiceover, it gives a voice to its steadfast protagonist.

Jan-Philipp Kohlmann

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26.10.
#243
Passage Kinos Astoria
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Fatimah Dadzie
Don Edkins
Tiny Mungwe
Hamid Yakub
Bérénice Hahn
Yao Ladzekpo
Gloria Adotevi
Tito Marshall Gomez
Kofi Sefa
Fatimah Dadzie

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Bérénice Hahn
berry@steps.co.za
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, Leipziger Ring, FIPRESCI Prize
German Competition Short Film
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Handbuch Pavel Mozhar
A cinematic experimental set-up in the form of a manual which uses reconstructions to make us experience how Lukashenko’s violence-based system works.
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Handbuch

Handbuch
Pavel Mozhar
German Competition Short Film
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
29 minutes
Russian,
German
subtitles: 
German
World premiere

A felicitous and at the same time almost unbearable cinematic experimental set-up that uses documentary means to show what the Belarusian reality behind the news items looks like. Based on eyewitness accounts, Pavel Mozhar re-stages Lukashenko’s perfidious and oppression-based power system. Violence in the shape of detailed reconstructions may seem abstract at first glance but drills itself into our consciousness all the more persistently in the course of the film.


Luc-Carolin Ziemann

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26.10.
#2A1
Cinémathèque
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Pavel Mozhar
Pavel Mozhar
Kolja Wolle
Laura Därr
Jonas Römmig
Florian Seufert
Pavel Mozhar
Joscha Eickel
Bertold Budig
Ganna Gryniva
Friedi Blume

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International Competition
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KRAI Aleksey Lapin
A casting for a historical film is supposed to take place in a Russian village. It is the occasion for an affectionate, semi-fictional local portrait with a sense for the absurd.
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KRAI

KRAI
Aleksey Lapin
International Competition
Documentary Film
Austria
2021
123 minutes
Russian,
German,
English,
Italian
subtitles: 
English
International Premiere

Russian-born director Aleksey Lapin travels back to his relatives’ home village near the Ukrainian border, where he himself used to spend every summer. The film crew introduce themselves at a specially organized musical event, claiming that they have come to cast a historical film that is to be set in the village. What follows is a charming, semi-fictional documentary by and with the village community.

The proposed film project is just a pretext, that’s obvious from the start. Nonetheless, the villagers are happy to take part. Inventively and with subtle irony, Lapin plays with the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Thus observed scenes unobtrusively merge into staged ones. He records marvellously absurdities, for example a tree being felled and laboriously put up somewhere else for the “shoot”, or broken-down cars fuelling the rumours of electromagnetism in the area. The cinematography in black and white is notable, full of references to classic Russian films, timeless and timely at the same time. Lapin’s feature-length debut is not only an affectionate local portrait with a sense for the absurd, but also a film about film: In a long dialogue by the river, two protagonists talk about cinema as an art form and how it is changing.

Annina Wettstein

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27.10.
#323
CineStar 4
KRAI
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#323
KRAI
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#442
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KRAI
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KRAI
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KRAI
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Aleksey Lapin
Florian Brüning
Thomas Herberth
Gerald Weber
Adrian Campean
Jaroslaw Redkin
Yuriy Todorov
Sebastian Schreiner
Aleksey Lapin
Lenja Gathmann

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Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Young Eyes Film Award, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
German Competition
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Los cuatro vientos Anna-Sophia Richard
A region in the Dominican Republic lives on job migration, on money from afar. Impressions of estranged families in search of happiness – in dreamy images.
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Los cuatro vientos

Los cuatro vientos
Anna-Sophia Richard
German Competition
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
98 minutes
Spanish,
German,
English
subtitles: 
English
World premiere

Almost every inhabitant of Fondo Negro has relatives abroad. Since the 1980s, job migration, meaning wages shared with the residents from afar, has been one of the most important sources of income in this region in the southwest of the Dominican Republic. Young women in particular go to Europe or the U.S. to support their families by unskilled labour. In her enchantingly beautiful film, director Anna-Sophia Richard shows how this affects the ones who stay behind.

When she set out on the journey to Europe, she didn’t know what to expect, says one of the seven people portrayed. It was as if she was going on a holiday: a holiday that’s now lasted more than thirty years. Others haven’t seen their families in over fifteen years, their only contact being by phone or video chat. The mayor of Fondo Negro, herself the first job migrant from the region, tries to keep the women in the village. But the pull of jobs elsewhere is powerful. What’s left are separated families, children who grow up without parents and couples who become estranged. Almost in passing, the director shows in colourful, dreamy images how provisional solutions manifest themselves and permanently shape the reality of people’s lives. Happiness is only an eight-hour flight away – and still unattainable.

Kim Busch

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26.10.
#211
CineStar 2
Los cuatro vientos
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Los cuatro vientos
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#462
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Los cuatro vientos
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#462
Los cuatro vientos
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29.10.
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Los cuatro vientos

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Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Los cuatro vientos

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Anna-Sophia Richard
Gerrit Klein
Adrian Goiginger
Südwestrundfunk
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Marcus Vetter
Jonas Schneider
Felix Schmerbeck
Berend Intelmann
Claudio Demel
Florian Staerk
Anselm Koneffke
David Kuruc

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Anna-Sophia Richard
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Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Young Eyes Film Award, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Leipziger Ring
Kids DOK
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My Mother’s Hair Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu
A Turkish woman goes to Germany as a guest worker – without her children at first. The family’s youngest daughter describes what it’s like to grow up without a mother.
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My Mother’s Hair

My Mother’s Hair
Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu
Kids DOK
Animated Film
Germany
2020
3 minutes
Turkish
subtitles: 
German
No Premiere

A Turkish woman emigrates to Germany in the 1970s to earn money as a guest worker. Her children have to stay with their grandparents and it takes a few years before the mother can bring them over. In memory, this period feels almost unbearable and endless. Özgür, the family’s youngest daughter, describes what it’s like to grow up without a mother.


Lina Dinkla

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30.10.
#692
Schauburg
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30.10.2021
Schauburg
#692
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31.10.
#781
Schaubühne Lindenfels
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31.10.2021
Schaubühne Lindenfels
#781
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Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu
Rebecca Lohse
Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu

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Njel, the Separation

Njel, la séparation
Félix Mbog
Kids DOK
Documentary Film
Cameroon,
South Africa
2021
22 minutes
French
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere

Manuela lives in Cameroon and was four years old when her parents went abroad to work. She’s eleven now and preparing for her first graduation. She is growing up with her grandparents and, despite leading a good life, had to struggle with grief for a long time. Now she has learned how to cope with absence and how to be together despite the long distance.


Lina Dinkla

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30.10.
#692
Schauburg
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30.10.2021
Schauburg
#692
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31.10.
#781
Schaubühne Lindenfels
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Schaubühne Lindenfels
#781
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Félix Mbog
Don Edkins
Tiny Mungwe
Cyrille Masso
Bérénice Hahn

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Bérénice Hahn
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Competition for the Audience Award
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Die Odyssee Florence Miailhe
A country, somewhere and everywhere. Kyona and Adriel are forced to flee. Perhaps the siblings will find a more peaceful place? A visually powerful animated film, painted in oil on glass.
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Die Odyssee

Die Odyssee
Florence Miailhe
Competition for the Audience Award
Animated Film
Germany,
Czech Republic,
France
2020
84 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English
German premiere

A country that could be anywhere, not precisely localized and yet everywhere. It’s a beautiful summer’s day when the life of siblings Kyona and Adriel changes forever. Their village is raided, destroyed and set on fire. The whole family is forced to flee and experiences many real and surreal situations on their tracks across a whole continent to finally arrive, perhaps, at a more peaceful place.

At the start of the film, Kyona leafs through a sketchbook, takes stock of her life and talks about the end of her childhood. It is only later that the siblings even realize that they are refugees, that like many others they are making their way to the border for a variety of reasons: natural disasters, the consequences of climate change, war, persecution. The two children come across dangerous and helpful people, are separated and find each other again. This feature-length animation, realized in oil on glass, relies on the rapid interplay between fantasy and reality, taking us, on the one hand, into a fictitious, non-real world. But on the other hand, the places, names, situations remind us of familiar things. They show fleeing, exile, setting out as a universal experience.

Lina Dinkla

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26.10.
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Die Odyssee

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26.10.2021
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Die Odyssee

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27.10.
#361
Regina 2
Die Odyssee
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Regina 2
#361
Die Odyssee
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30.10.
#612
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Die Odyssee
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Die Odyssee
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Florence Miailhe
Dora Benoussilio
Luc Camilli
Ralf Kukula
Martin Vandas
Alena Vandasoá
Nassim Gordji Tehrani
Julie Dupré
Florian Marquardt
Marta Szymańska
Zuzana Studená
Anna Paděrová
Eva Skurská
Polina Kazak
Lucie Sunková
Urte Zintler
Paola de Sousa
Ewa Łuczków
Anita Brüvere
Aurore Peuffier
David Martin
Marie Juin
Valentine Delqueux
Andreas Moisa
Philipp Kümpel
Florence Miailhe
Marie Desplechin
Aline Helmcke

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Tobias Lindemann
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Our Memory Belongs to Us

Frihed, håb og andre synder – Den syriske revolution 10 år senere
Rami Farah, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Competition for the Audience Award
Documentary Film
Denmark,
France,
Palestinian Territories
2021
90 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English
German premiere

The most valuable thing Yadan carries with him on his flight is a hard drive. It contains almost 13,000 videos recorded in 2011 and 2012 by him and other insurgents in Daraa, the “cradle” of the Syrian revolution. Eight years later, Yadan and two of his fellow travellers meet in a theatre in Paris to (re)confront the material. In the dialogue between the men and the images, a piece of the country’s history begins to take shape.

When peaceful protest turns into brutal war, a small group of civilians become the voice of Daraa. They film where there is no official coverage: at first in order to help the revolution into actual existence by their media representation, later to bear witness in an urgent plea for help to the international community. Against the human rights crimes of the government troops, against shelling and bombs – the camera is their weapon. The cinematic set-up becomes the starting point for a reflection about the meaning of images, then and now, and at the same time triggers a conversion of personal into collective memories. The protagonists’ reactions reveal how painful this process is: “Is the collection of the story worth all the violence that memory brings back?” is asked from offscreen. The film gives a decisive answer.

Sarina Lacaf

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28.10.
#413
CineStar 2
Our Memory Belongs to Us
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Our Memory Belongs to Us
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30.10.
#6A3
Cinémathèque
Our Memory Belongs to Us
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Our Memory Belongs to Us
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31.10.
#773
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Our Memory Belongs to Us
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Rami Farah
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Lyana Saleh
Anne Köhncke
Reema Jarrar
Gladys Joujou
Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Henrik Garnov
Anders V. Christensen
Kinan Azmeh
Dima Saber
Rami Farah
Lyana Saleh
Signe Byrge Sørensen

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Maria Kristensen
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Nominated for Leipziger Ring
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Our Quiet Place

Un endroit silencieux
Elitza Gueorguieva
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition
Documentary Film
France,
Bulgaria
2021
68 minutes
French,
Bulgarian,
English
subtitles: 
English, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing
German premiere

By adopting the French language, Belarusian writer Aliona Gloukhova has found a way to write about her vanished father. Director Elitza Gueorguieva follows this process, which culminates in the publication of a book. At the same time, the lives of two women cross paths who ended up in Western Europe partly to gain distance from their home countries, Belarus and Bulgaria.

Using the coordinate system of a foreign language to express what would feel dramatic or pathetic otherwise: Aliona Gloukhova chose this method to write down the story of her father, a quiet dissident and Chernobyl expert who suddenly disappeared in the mid-1990s. The memories of him are sketchy, and perhaps even what masquerades as memory isn’t real. Aliona immerses herself in fiction and the French vocabulary that gives her the freedom to formulate her own version of what happened. Elitza Gueorguieva follows this cautious approach to the biographical-linguistic complex, which also appeals to her own memories. Because on the streets of Minsk, which she walks with Aliona, she immediately feels the familiar childhood fear. It overwhelms her like biting into a madeleine she had better not tasted.

Carolin Weidner

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26.10.
#262
Regina 2
Our Quiet Place
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Regina 2
#262
Our Quiet Place
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29.10.
#514
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Our Quiet Place
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#514
Our Quiet Place
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31.10.
#7A1
Cinémathèque
Our Quiet Place
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31.10.2021
Cinémathèque
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Elitza Gueorguieva
Eugénie Michel Villette
Martichka Bozhilova
Thomas Favel
Elitza Gueorguieva
Mélanie Braux
Arno Ledoux
Damien Pelletier Brun
Arno Ledoux

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Nominated for MDR Film Prize
International Competition
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Republic of Silence Diana El Jeiroudi
Diana El Jeiroudi, who lives in exile in Germany with her husband, sorts out: the recent history of Syria and its people, whom it has scattered to the four winds.
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Republic of Silence

Republic of Silence
Diana El Jeiroudi
International Competition
Documentary Film
Germany,
France,
Syria,
Qatar,
Italy
2021
183 minutes
Arabic,
English,
German,
Kurdish
subtitles: 
English
International Premiere

Silence reigns in the Berlin flat, but the film, whose complex montage encompasses the disintegration of Syria and life in exile, leaves no doubt that things are different in director Diana El Jeiroudi’s mind. Archival footage, loose portraits of confidants and an intimate perspective that explores her own position and her way of coping with trauma add up to a multi-layered document.

“Evil has a very loud and terrifying sound,” El Jeiroudi already noted as a child. Growing up in a country marked by surveillance and military parades has left its mark. In “Republic of Silence”, she looks for a way to come to terms with it, condensing old material, some of which shot in Syria, with a written monologue and stories of persons who also chose exile in the course of the civil war. The result is a complex filmic space that reveals the political and social disintegration of a nation. El Jeiroudi increasingly concentrates on showing a present outside Syria, life in emigration. Passing her husband's  nocturnal teeth grinding, birthday parties and disruptions in the international film festival scene, a life between tension and new beginnings becomes apparent.

Carolin Weidner

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27.10.
#334
CineStar 5
Republic of Silence
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27.10.2021
CineStar 5
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Republic of Silence
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Diana El Jeiroudi
Orwa Nyrabia
Diana El Jeiroudi
Camille Laemlé
Sebastian Bäumler
Diana El Jeiroudi
Orwa Nyrabia
Guevara Namer
Diana El Jeiroudi
Katja Dringenberg
Diana El Jeiroudi
Raphaël Girardot
Nathalie Vidal
Pascal Capitolin

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Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Juliane Henrich
German Competition
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
80 minutes
German,
Polish
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English
World premiere

Silesia: a contested region marked by migrations. Animosities between the peoples have a long tradition here, not only since the Second World War. But the National Socialist tyranny left clear lesions behind. The director’s grandfather comes from this region, was the organist in a church in Krasiejów – a place which was once also called Krascheow and, for a while, Schönhorst.

The filmmaker Juliane Henrich – or more precisely, her alter ego, the writer Nannina Matz – sets out in search of her family history. What she finds are bizarre ways of representing the history of humanity – and the history of earth. She comes across all kinds of traces of dinosaurs. Some may only be made of plastic, but others are not: A certain species of this genus, whose fossils were found in Silesia, was christened “Silesaurus opolensis” by the Polish palaeontologist Jerzy Dzik. That’s why there is a Dinosaur Park in Krasiejów. And a local museum, of course. But also many people with different individual memories. They do not necessarily lead to ground-breaking discoveries regarding the looked-for family past, but they broaden the view: of the complex history of this region and the way it is thought together, represented and codified.

Borjana Gaković

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27.10.
#314
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Juliane Henrich
Juliane Henrich
Thomas Kaske
Angelika Ramlow
BKM
Juliane Henrich
Juliane Henrich
Till Beckmann
Benedikt Schiefer
Tom Schön
Kate Tessa Lee
Nannina Matz
Juliane Henrich

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Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Young Eyes Film Award, DEFA Sponsoring Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, MDR Film Prize