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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Audiovisual

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.122

A Journey of waves

Speakers

  • Linda PAGANELLI

Primary authors

Description

The sea is immense, and Wesam is drowning. He grows in a refugee camp. Later he moves to Egypt, but because of his nationality, he loses his job. He feels, his only hope is to seek asylum in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean. So, after agreements with smugglers, he gets on a boat. On the second night, the engine stop working and he gets lost in the sea. Water rations decrease daily. On the fifth day, a child dies. On the eighth day, he drinks the last drops from a dirty tank. On the tenth day, a ship rescues them. The authorities promise to help, but instead, the traffickers get free, and Wesam is deported to Gaza. This film was created as an intimate record of flight and deportation. It mirrors a two-way-flow between a young man, who tries to flee the life in Gaza, and the filmmaker. As such, the documentary leaves mere referentiality becoming an extension of the internal emotional and sensorial environment. In doing this, it wants to be a reflection on possible ways of understanding and transmitting lives affected by hardship in the world today’.

2018 Germany/Shooting locations: Gaza Strip, Ramallah (OPT)/Original language: Arabic