A photo camera is cleaned. Click. The shutter works. Bright light. A crackle and hiss in the sound. A broken “Hello?” opens a conversation between Khaled Abdulwahed, a Syrian filmmaker living in Leipzig, and his father in Aleppo. The son reconstructs his father’s journey, arriving in the GDR as an exchange student in 1956 His son applies for asylum more than 60 years later as a refugee. The civil war in Syria separates their stories, the film brings them back together and continues them.
About the director:
Khaled Abdulwahed. Artist, photographer and filmmaker. Born 1975 in Homs, Syria, lives in Leipzig. Since 2011 he has realized numerous video art works as well as experimental documentaries, which have been shown worldwide at festivals as well as in art contexts, and some of which have received multiple awards. His videos have been shown a.o. at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Berlin Art Biennale and others. In 2016, his first feature-length film “Jellyfish” about the Syrian civil war was invited to the Berlinale Forum.