Jakob Gross | Egypt, Germany 2014 | 73 Min. | OmeU
ABDO is a coming of age documentary that portrays two years in the life of a young activist in Egypt. Abdo, a 19-year old Ultras football fan, atheist and anarchist with a religious Salafist family background looking for his identity, lives the extreme. In Tahrir Square he is a steadfast revolutionary; in the stadium he is part of the worldwide youth culture of Ultra football-fans. As a passionate videographer, Abdo films everything: bloody fights in the streets, discussions about protests, parties with friends and conversations about girls. The tragic events escalate as he loses three friends during riots in a football stadium in which over 70 people are killed. Growing more radical, Abdo decides to go to Gaza. On his way through illegal smuggler tunnels heavy rainfall causes the tunnel to collapse minutes after Abdo has left it, killing other travellers inside.
What consequences does being exposed to violence in such a pivotal age have on a young person’s life? With the Egyptian revolution as a background the film presents an individual story and shows the personal side of uprisings. The film captures the spirit of the time and addresses conflicts that young people are living through around the world.
Jakob Gross studied Visual Anthropology in Munich (Germany) and Chennai (India) and is a lecturer at the School for Media and Communication. Since 2008 he has been producing documentary films and has been working as a cameraman. In addition, he is an associate member of the Cluster of Excellence of Heidelberg University in the field of Visual Anthropology. In 2013 Jakob founded the production company FinkFilms where he works as a producer, author and cameraman.
- Wettbewerb Dok.fest München 2015 - honorary mention
- Starter Filmpreis 2016 - production
- Freiburger Filmforum 2015
- Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2015 - competition
- Festival des deutschen Films 2015
- Fusion Festival 2015
- Unabhängiges FilmFest Osnabrück 2015 - competition
- Kasseler Dokfest 2015
- Ethnofilmfest München 2015
- globale Filmfestival Berlin 2016