Manana Insh’allah + One Year Home (film-screening)

Babylonia invites you to a screening of 2 long short films focusing on migrants’ lifes in Melilla, European city on the African continent, and in a refugee camp in Lietzen, close to the German-Polish border: Wednesday, 1st November 2017, 7:30 p.m., at Babylonia!
Afterwards Q & A with Omar Akahare, author of “One Year Home”. Further discussions very welcome!

Manana Insh’allah (2015, by Otto Reuschel, Mattia Carraro, Lea Lazic)
Ilies is driving through the city night and day. He is an irregular taxi driver from Morocco who has been living in the Spanish territory since his birth . Nevertheless, he is not able to get the necessary documents in order to regularize his stay and live a peaceful life.
Aomar and Mohammed, two of a big group of Moroccan teenagers, are living between the rocks next to the harbor. They wish to be able to slink someday into a commercial ship, which will take them to the long-time yearned European continent.
Climako, is a young Cameroonian who has been trapped in Melilla for over 5 years. After his expulsion from the Centre for Temporary Stay of Immigrants, he was forced to live in an improvised camp next to it, where he moved 7 months ago. Prisoner of a turbid bureaucracy, he faces a great uncertainty about his future.
Following these three stories, the authors of “Manana Insh’allah” try to depict the migratory situation in Melilla, Spanish exclave in Morocco, and representative icon of the so called reception and integration policies of the European Union.
One Year Home (2017, by Omar Akahare)
“One Year Home” is the first part of an exhibition and film project, which follows the lives of refugees from all over the world, starting in Lietzen in a remote camp on the german-polish border east of Berlin. The syrian filmmaker Omar Akahare and the german photographer Lorenz Kienzle met in that camp at the end of 2015. Omar leaving behind a country at war, starting his new life in Lietzen and Lorenz originally just visiting the camp once, but so fascinated by the people he met, became friends and started working together on this project. They both want to find out how the lives of mothers and fathers, children and single young persons will evolve. What will happen with the expectations they have toward a safer and better future in Germany?
Free entry! Bring your own drinks: support the local Spätis…

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Like a Man on Earth

Italien 2008 – 60 Minuten – italienisch mit englischen Untertiteln
Regie: Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer in Zusammenarbeit mit Riccardo Biadene

Sonntag, 22. März
18.00 Uhr

Giving voice to the Ethiopian refugees living in Rome, the film provides a direct insight into the brutal ways in which Libya, aided also by Italian and European funds, is operating to control the immigration movements of people from Africa. Dag used to study Law in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Prompted by the strong political repression he had to face in Ethiopia, he decides to leave the country. In the winter of 2005 he embarks on a tough land journey, crossing the desert between Sudan and Libya. On his arrival in Libya, he is soon caught in a web of violence and criminal activities run by the racket group controlling the routes through the Mediterranean Sea. He then goes from bad to worse, ending up in the hands of the Libyan police, responsible for a series of arrests and mass deportations. Dag eventually manages to cross the sea and reaches the Italian coastline. He then arrives in Rome, where he starts attending an informal Italian school run by Asinitas Onlus, a first access point for African immigrants coordinated by Marco Carsetti and other volunteers. Here he attends an Italian language course and is given the opportunity to learn basic film-making techniques. This experience inspires him to collect the testimonies of his fellow countrymen who shared the same traumatic experiences, and breaks the silence on the fate awaiting African migrants.


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