Once upon a time, we were used to crowds at the train station, now emptiness has grown familiar. Elsewhere, trees are felled to make room for outlets that sell cheap clothes from China. The grind of settling into unfamiliar surroundings (sometimes even in places we’ve long called home) and the overwhelming effect of constant change have been ascendant leitmotifs in recent years, indeed they have already been a part of our everyday experience for some time now. However, all that characterises modern life (and is even treated as a given at times) has in fact existed for less than 200 years, and is thus anything but immutable.
Eefje Suijkerbuijk // Niederlande, Ukraine // 2019 // 15:46 min
Identity, Migration, Video Art
The forest is being replaced by a shopping mall, the station is becoming a lonely place, since the trains hardly run anymore. The city becomes a still life full of tender emotions of belonging in a country in which space and identity are highly contested fields.
Victor Orozco Ramirez // Deutschland, Mexiko // 2020 // 12:12 min
Human Rights, Identity, Migration, Politics
Some years ago, the filmmaker emigrated to Germany. Now he lives in a little old house that is supposed to protect him from wind, rain and cold – but instead it is disintegrating in his hands.
Alla Churikova // Deutschland // 2019 // 14:30 min
Childhood, Environmental, Historical, Human Rights, Mix-Medias, Politics
The director spent her happy childhood on a tiny Soviet military base in the Ural region. Only decades later did she learn about the terrible nuclear testing in which her father was also involved.
Adela Křižovenská // Tschechische Republik // 2019 // 06:54 min
Human Rights, Politics
The Czech state’s approach to caring for children from difficult family backgrounds still bears the mark of the old Communist regime to this day. A report on a childhood in institutional care and a call for reform.
Carmen Lidia Vidu // Rumänien, Frankreich, Deutschland // 2019 // 18:53 min
Historical, Human Rights, Identity, Migration, Mix-Medias, Politics, Video Art
Honestly and unflinchingly, Daniela Török tells her life story, one characterised by sexual abuse, the Romanian revolution and the fear of impermanence.