BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM AND FRIENDSHIP

How do we go about making films for children fleeing wars and crises? What can such films accomplish? What inspiration can the cinema give these children for their future? Can film work relieve suffering or even provide hope? A group of 7 young filmmakers from Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Colombia and Iran were selected to tackle these questions.
The initial ideas have led to the creation of seven outstanding cinematic concepts, each of which reflects a deep understanding for and addresses in its own highly unique way the needs of the refugee children – with genres ranging from short feature films and documentaries to animated productions. Each of these films examines a different aspect of life without a home or without a family, without friends, or even without familiar toys – and ostensibly without a future either. These short films offer a glimpse of a brighter future. One film opens a window to a more colourful world, another conveys the notion that a loss is guaranteed to be followed by a renewed sense of hope while others give the refugee children the necessary tools to regain their courage, acquire greater self-awareness and express themselves more freely. The seven short features were woven into an episode film, adding documentary material from Lebanon, Jordan and Greece. In this way, the wishes and dreams of the children reflected in the episodes meet with a reality that appears timeless, without denying them a future. This creates a near-poetic melancholy that is repeatedly broken up by the energy of the children – an energy that knows no bounds the world over.

Children
Length 80’ HD / 7×8-15’HD,
Films by Johanna Bentz, Sandra Dajani, Madeleine Dallmeyer, Nazgol Emami, Diana Menestrey & Camilo Colmenares, Khaled Nawal, Nada Riyad
Co-Production Bildersturm Filmproduktion with WDR, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM and Goethe Institut, 2018
Original Title Grenzenlos – Geschichten von Freundschaft und Freiheit

Single episodes (MISSING MOVIES):
Giant / A Thing About Me / The Break / The Magic Balloon / The Magnifying Glass / Abdullah / Shady

Festivals and awards (selection)
DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2018
Jakarta Int. Humanitarian & Culture Awards, Indonesia 2018
Festival CoursCourts, France 2018
Busan International Short Film Festival, South Korea 2018
Filmfest Dresden, Germany 2018
Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic 2018
Jeunesse Tout Courts, France 2018
Cortoons Gandia, Spain 2018
Linoleum Festival of Contemporary Animation and Media Art, Ukraine 2018
Respect Human Right Film Festival, Ireland 2018
Imaginaria – International Animated Film Festival, Italy 2018