Christine Moderbacher | Nigeria, Austria 2018 | 71 Min. | OmeU

The question of foreign aid polarises – an experience filmmaker Christine Moderbacher makes when she, her father and his friends accompany their parish minister to his home village in Biafra, Nigeria, to help with the construction of a school. As ongoing independence efforts cause a hostile environment, they are rarely allowed to leave the premises. Caught in the role of „the helper“, Moderbacher feels increasingly uncomfortable, something her father cannot relate to. A film full of humanity and interpersonal relationships which questions the concept of foreign aid and also allows for a  little grin over dusty neo-colonial ways of thinking.

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Cinematographer: Christine Moderbacher, Josef Moderbacher und Chibeke Nklachukwu Anthony
Editor: Marie Cordenier
Assisting editor: Carolina Corral
Sound: Stephan Sperlich, Sofyann Ben Youssef und Salvatore Crisci
Music: Sofyann Ben Youssef

Berlinale, Festival de Sofia, Festival Balkan Trafik, Festival International du Film de La Rochelle, Festival de Séville, Underhill Fest, Festival de Douarnenez, Festival de Sakhaline, Message to Man, Saint-Pétersbourg, Aljazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival, Festival International Jean Rouch, Cineuropa, Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, Festival du Film d’Europe Centrale et Orientale, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Stockholm International Film Festival, Escales Documentaires, Festival Premiers Plans, Festival Repérages, Festival Passagers du réel, Festival Femmes en Cinéma, Festival2Valenciennes

Filmography as director
Graz – Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films, 2018, Wien – this human world International Human Rights Film Festival, 2018 Saarbrücken – Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, 2019

Born in Austria, filmmaker and anthropologist. Master in Visual Anthropology and Documentary Filmmaking at the University of Manchester (UK). Christine Moderbacher works as Documentary filmmaker and journalist and conducts video workshops in Austria, England and Belgium