IN FOCUS: FAMILY CONNECTIONS
What is the meaning of family and what are family ties based on? In these five films we address the nucleus of society and experience love and fates that families have to go through. In the opening film Son of Fukushima, we witness family duties that are part of a daily life between tradition and the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima. In a similarly moving way, Constructions dives into the relationship and unconditional love between a single father and his son in Argentina.
In Weiyena – The Long March Home, we, together with the filmmaker, explore the complex Chinese family history marked by questions of migration and identity but also by overcoming the past as a family. The film Songs that never End tells of a comparable fate regarding questions of belonging in which the Dayan family, who via detours fled from Iran to Houston in Texas, tries to come to terms with their new life situation and what they had to leave behind in their homeland. Finally, in Familienleben – Family Life we follow a family that remains together as a community of purpose. But tensions become palpable and all family members slowly realise that they cannot continue like this.