How can we make sense of the past? And of the images that haunt us? How can we hold our ground in an intricate environment? Which dreams remain, what can we still dare to hope? Are the ones closest to us truly close or already gone astray?
This year’s protagonists face important changes in their lives and are often compelled to take on long journeys in order to find themselves. That concerns young Zaineb, having to settle into a new family situation in Canada, as much as the nameless refugee in The Last of Us or filmmaker Alex in Bezness as Usual who learns more about his family than he was seeking to.
In House without Roof three siblings from Berlin come together only in Kurdistan, while blind Rabih travels through Lebanon in order to learn the truth about his identity. While the four protagonists of The Beach House are trapped in refined dialogues and desires, Mimosas shows spirituality as the outset and the end point of a long journey.
Documentaries from Algeria (Samir in the Dust), Morocco (The Bread Road) and Lebanon (Asphalt) cast a glance on the undisguised poetry of everyday life and the daily battle for a livelihood – while the Jordanian fiction Blessed Benefit emphasizes the comic aspects of our daily bread.
The political situation in the Arab world prevents progression, too. Clash’s protagonists find themselves stuck in a confined space in Cairo for hours while the tensions between the Muslim Brotherhood and military supporters are increasing. The far-reaching correlation between the war in Syria and the media is depicted in the documentary The War Show. Little Eagles examines the failure of the Left in the Arab World using the example of Egypt through a personal story.
The Palestinian Speed Sisters fight conservative prejudices and the ongoing occupation with wittiness at a fast pace. Ghost Hunting is dedicated to the reconstructing of a traumatic experience of imprisonment to release the ghosts of the past, while Off Frame examines the historical new self-image of Palestinian resistance.
Our three short film programs Water, Time and Belonging combining fictional, documentary and animated forms tell of decisive experiences, strange creatures, old customs and new hopes.