IN FOCUS: A CALL TO PERSEVERANCE
Sometimes you need hang in and stand it through. In the films of this focus programme we get to know the stories of people who are partly forced to wait, partly to resist. What they all have in common is that higher political powers shape their life situations: In A new Era, the inhabitants of an island in the Zhujiang River in Guangzhou, who have been resisting forced resettlement for more than ten years, are still endangered by new urban development projects.
Nimble Fingers addresses the powerlessness and dependence of female migrant labourers. They working under precarious conditions in the factories of large international technology corporations in order to feed their families and to lead a better life in a not yet foreseeable future. In Ghiaccio – Sweeping Lives we experience what it means for six refugees from Gambia and Sierra Leone to be condemned to waiting in Europe. But the men don’t want to put their lives on hold while waiting for a self-determined life involving work and a residene permits and instead start a curling team.
On the arduous path back to an orderly life, in A House in Pieces we accompany a family from Marawi on the Philippines who had to flee after an attack by the so-called IS and is now trying to rebuild a new old home in the ruins of a city destroyed in combat. 21 Days Inside tells a completely different aspect of being at somebody’s mercy. It is the story of a female Bedouin who is accused of murdering her son and is confronted with corrupt methods used by the male police officers during interrogations. How will she cope with the pressure of this Kafkaesque situation, marked by racist prejudices and patriarchal power ideas?