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Because I Could Not Stop For Death Fiction & Documentary

  • , METRO Kinokulturhaus 81 min

A programme like a well guarded journey through closed sectors, contested courtrooms, dangerous war zones and mysterious deserts: It’s hope, curiosity and faith that drive the protagonists in all five films and let them ignore constraints and risk their lives. Even though the past has often been painful and sacrificial, they don’t seem to be afraid of the future. At the end of this journey, when we dive deep into the traumatic history of Indonesia, there is finally a scream—the symbol of salvation. (mm)

In the presence of Helen Yanovsky, Wouter Jansen (Meryem)

The Boy from H2

IL 2017 20 min 43 sec Austrian premiere Director Helen Yanovsky

Freedom of movement is a human right that small Muhammad can only dream of. The 12-year-old lives in Hebron together with his nine siblings. The largest city in the West Bank and Gaza, is divided into sectors H1 and H2. In H2, Palestinians are heavily restricted in their movement. They are barred from social life. For that reason, Muhammad spends his life on the streets, where he repeatedly gets into conflict with Israeli soldiers. (mm)

Screenplay Helen Yanovsky Production Ehab Tarabieh, Helen Yanovsky, Yoav Gross Editing Helen Yanovsky, Yoav Gross Camera Helen Yanovsky

The Boy from H2

Rubber Coated Steel

DE LB 2016 21 min Austrian premiere Director Lawrence Abu Hamdan

An Israeli soldier is accused of having shot two unarmed Palestinian teenagers. The defense pleads not guilty, on the grounds that not real ammunition but only rubber bullets were used. Lawrence Abu Hamdan moves the court hearing to the shooting range. While the protocol is displayed, he visually uses only forensic evaluations of shots and sound recordings to approach the facts of the case. (mm)

Screenplay Lawrence Abu Hamdan Production Fabian Schoeneich/Portikus Editing Lawrence Abu Hamdan Sound Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Rubber Coated Steel Best Short Film - IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam

Meryem

NL 2017 15 min 11 sec Austrian premiere Director Reber Dosky

For years, the Syrian city Kobanê has been the site of fierce fighting between Kurdish resistance groups and IS. One of the resistance fighters is Meryem, leader of a unit. The woman passionately fights at the front. Together with her companions, who trust her blindly, she plans strategic moves. Sometimes with the support of American air bombers. During war, gender roles no longer matter. (mm)

Production Jos de Putter Editing Rémi van der Heiden Camera Reber Dosky Sound Taco Drijfhout, Huibert Boon

Meryem

Fajr

MA ES 2017 No dialogue/lyrics 12 min 58 sec Austrian premiere Director Lois Patiño

Three characters move through the desert from point A to B like figures on a chessboard. Their positions change in the interplay of light and dark. Finally, the silence accompanied by the noise of the wind is interrupted by the Fajr. Along with religious singing, the faceless figures move closer. But before they are recognizable, they magically dissolve in a play of colours. The Flood behind them. Visually stunning and impressive cinema. (mm)

Fajr

On the Origin of Fear

ID 2016 12 min 07 sec Austrian premiere Director Bayu Prihantoro Filemon

After the coup d‘état in Indonesia in 1965, in which thousands of people lost their lives, the new regime produces a docudrama about the historical event in 1984. In a recording studio, during the re-enactment of the movie, both victims and torturers are embodied in one man. A mental and physical battle begins. The experienced trauma lies deep, the pain is released and liberation comes with a loud scream. (mm)

Screenplay Bayu Prihantoro Filemon Production Amerta Kusuma, Yulia Evina Bhara Editing Akhmad Fesdi Anggoro, Bayu Prihantoro Filemon Camera Fahrul Tri Hikmawan Cast Pritt Timothy, Ernanto Kusumo

On the Origin of Fear