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New Edition
The World is My Home
The 14th International Exile Film Festival
Gothenburg, Sweden 8-14 November 2019

Citizens of Nothingness

Citizens of nothingness (2019)

52 min - Fiction - 20 August 2019
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An Afghan political refuge has just arrived in Italy and look for hospitality and protection but she find herself collide with a daily reality that marginalizes and makes her feel out of place. The alienating condition is reflected by choosing non-sites as locations of the film. Documents and passports have ambivalent value, they are just pass-through to freedom and control tools. The refugee status slips to the apathy of a nobody's land.

Director:  Razi Mohebi
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An Afghan political refuge has just arrived in Italy and look for hospitality and protection but she find herself collide with a daily reality that marginalizes and makes her feel out of place. The alienating condition is reflected by choosing non-sites as locations of the film. Documents and passports have ambivalent value, they are just pass-through to freedom and control tools. The refugee status slips to the apathy of a nobody's land.


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Fiction

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Country:  Italy
Language:  Italian, Persian, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 52 min

Future: Open

Future: Open (2019)

99 min - Fiction - 20 August 2019
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100 years of futurism, 100 years of October Revolution, 40 years of Punk, 40 years of Neoliberalism, 25 years of Balkan Madhouse! What do they have in common? It’s our Future! And it’s Open! Are we entering or leaving the madhouse? There is no alternative! iPADRE, the first man, the Creator and dictator of all dictators, rules the State of FUTURE, where Chicken People with the memory of a fish follow their Instinct. When Eve, the first woman, performs a coup d'etat, the Opposition's victory is above all an opportunity to make a fool of itself again! What more can you expect?

Director:  Rudi Uran
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100 years of futurism, 100 years of October Revolution, 40 years of Punk, 40 years of Neoliberalism, 25 years of Balkan Madhouse! What do they have in common? It’s our Future! And it’s Open! Are we entering or leaving the madhouse? There is no alternative! iPADRE, the first man, the Creator and dictator of all dictators, rules the State of FUTURE, where Chicken People with the memory of a fish follow their Instinct. When Eve, the first woman, performs a coup d'etat, the Opposition's victory is above all an opportunity to make a fool of itself again! What more can you expect?


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Fiction

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Country:  Slovenia
Language:  Slovenian, English, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  1 h 39 min

French suburb, A No-Go Zone?

French suburb, a no-go zone? (2019)

52 min - Documentary - 20 August 2019
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Last October, an unspeakably brutal aggression threw France into turmoil: some fifteen youngsters attacked two police cars with Molotov cocktails in the Grande Borne housing estate south of Paris. This incident is part of a series of violent aggressions that have punctuated the history of French suburbs for more than 30 years: riots, vendettas and police blunders. When the French presidential campaign was in full swing, some candidates qualified these suburbs as no-go zones". Report at the heart of this sensitive urban area.

Director:  Alexandre Stern
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Last October, an unspeakably brutal aggression threw France into turmoil: some fifteen youngsters attacked two police cars with Molotov cocktails in the Grande Borne housing estate south of Paris. This incident is part of a series of violent aggressions that have punctuated the history of French suburbs for more than 30 years: riots, vendettas and police blunders. When the French presidential campaign was in full swing, some candidates qualified these suburbs as no-go zones". Report at the heart of this sensitive urban area.


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Documentary

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Country:  Switzerland
Language:  French, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 52 min

Broken border

Broken border (2019)

18 min - Documentary - 20 August 2019
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Small town in zero point borders between two countries can be an interesting place that some changes are imposed to that area during years, without readiness of its native people. Smuggling is one of the ways of entering those changes. The people are the main subject of smuggling in borders and instead of tolerating difficulties, they earn money … a silent narration of complicated people and their equipment’s , have lost in mountains, villages and border roads … they didn’t talk , They were just working … I didn’t talk either.

Director:  Keywan Karimi
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Small town in zero point borders between two countries can be an interesting place that some changes are imposed to that area during years, without readiness of its native people. Smuggling is one of the ways of entering those changes. The people are the main subject of smuggling in borders and instead of tolerating difficulties, they earn money … a silent narration of complicated people and their equipment’s , have lost in mountains, villages and border roads … they didn’t talk , They were just working … I didn’t talk either.


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Documentary

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Country:  Iran
Language:  Persian, english text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 18 min

Lost Paradise

Lost paradise (2019)

18 min - Documentary - 20 August 2019
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In Switzerland, Mortaza Shahed met a refugee who, like him, comes from Afghanistan and belongs to the Hazara ethnic group. They have been persecuted and discriminated for decades in their homeland: “A lot of us fled to Iran in search for a life without violence and discrimination. But there what we met is discrimination again... only second-class citizens after decades. The last hope is Europe. So thousand came here to find justice. Here I spoke to an afghan refugee and heard his story.”

Director:  Mortaza Shahed
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In Switzerland, Mortaza Shahed met a refugee who, like him, comes from Afghanistan and belongs to the Hazara ethnic group. They have been persecuted and discriminated for decades in their homeland: “A lot of us fled to Iran in search for a life without violence and discrimination. But there what we met is discrimination again... only second-class citizens after decades. The last hope is Europe. So thousand came here to find justice. Here I spoke to an afghan refugee and heard his story.”


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Documentary

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Country:  Switzerland
Language:  Dari, Persian, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 18 min

Fighting sand castles

Fighting sand castles (2019)

23 min - Documentary - 20 August 2019
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Omar is an asylum seeker from Darfur, Sudan, who's living in Israel at the moment. While Israel still refuse to accept people who escape from Darfur, Sudan, as refugees, Omar need to deal with the reality in Israel and became an activist for the asylum seeker community. The conflict between his outer world, his day to day life as a warrior taking on an entire nation’s battle, and his inner world, which takes place in an animated studio setting, delving behind the scenes of Omar’s personality and depicting the events and the people who have influenced him.

Director:  Adi Ornai, Hila Mutayn
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Omar is an asylum seeker from Darfur, Sudan, who's living in Israel at the moment. While Israel still refuse to accept people who escape from Darfur, Sudan, as refugees, Omar need to deal with the reality in Israel and became an activist for the asylum seeker community. The conflict between his outer world, his day to day life as a warrior taking on an entire nation’s battle, and his inner world, which takes place in an animated studio setting, delving behind the scenes of Omar’s personality and depicting the events and the people who have influenced him.


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Documentary

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Country:  Israel
Language:  Hebrew, Fur, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 23 min

Europe 2015, the first year of the war

Europe 2015, the first year of the war (2019)

48 min - Documentary - 20 August 2019
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From the Arab Spring to the Paris terrorist attacks: never since World War II has Europe suffered such cycles of violence and population shifts. The geopolitical situation has changed dramatically over the last five years. The turmoil in the Middle East has put Europe on a war footing. Through a wealth of archive material and the staggering testimonies of surviving migrants, this is a report on the dramatic turn of History we are experiencing on a daily basis.

Director:  Jean-Bernard Menoud
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From the Arab Spring to the Paris terrorist attacks: never since World War II has Europe suffered such cycles of violence and population shifts. The geopolitical situation has changed dramatically over the last five years. The turmoil in the Middle East has put Europe on a war footing. Through a wealth of archive material and the staggering testimonies of surviving migrants, this is a report on the dramatic turn of History we are experiencing on a daily basis.


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Documentary

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Country:  Switzerland
Language:  English, Arabic, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 48 min

Blue Beard Today‘s Tale

Blue Beard Today's Tale (2019)

17 min - Animation-Experimental - 20 August 2019
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Poetic film combines: 1) A deep reflection of a French literary folktale, The Bluebeard, about a powerful man who kills the curious women who want to do the forbidden. I use its characters and events to reflect on the dictators behaviours towards the nation when they are rejected. 2) Poetic performance centered on a story of a mother and her child who were found alive under a destroyed building. The female in The Bluebeard story is a symbol for the nation. When the revolution took place, during the Arab uprising, it started with peaceful protesters; the respond was extremely violent from the regime part and people were killed on street, or after being arrested.

Director:  Khadija Baker
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Poetic film combines: 1) A deep reflection of a French literary folktale, The Bluebeard, about a powerful man who kills the curious women who want to do the forbidden. I use its characters and events to reflect on the dictators behaviours towards the nation when they are rejected. 2) Poetic performance centered on a story of a mother and her child who were found alive under a destroyed building. The female in The Bluebeard story is a symbol for the nation. When the revolution took place, during the Arab uprising, it started with peaceful protesters; the respond was extremely violent from the regime part and people were killed on street, or after being arrested.


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Country:  Canada
Language:  English, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 17 min

House Without Roof

House without roof (2019)

117 min - Fiction - 20 August 2019
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The film is about the journey of the siblings Liya, Jan and Alan who were born in the Kurdish area of the Iraq and grown up in Germany. The three of them want to fulfill their mother's last wish to bury her in her home village beside her husband who got killed in the war under the Saddam Hussein regime. On their nerve-wracking Kurdish-odyssey they are not only faced with their Kurdish extended family that does not accept the last wish of their mother but particularly with their own matters. In recent years they distanced from each other – everybody runs his own life – and whenever they are holding talks, they are mostly based on reproaches. In parallel with the run of their journey it is noticeably that in their home country the dimension of an awful conflict, that nobody can surmise, is heading for disaster.

Director:  Soleen Yusef
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The film is about the journey of the siblings Liya, Jan and Alan who were born in the Kurdish area of the Iraq and grown up in Germany. The three of them want to fulfill their mother's last wish to bury her in her home village beside her husband who got killed in the war under the Saddam Hussein regime. On their nerve-wracking Kurdish-odyssey they are not only faced with their Kurdish extended family that does not accept the last wish of their mother but particularly with their own matters. In recent years they distanced from each other – everybody runs his own life – and whenever they are holding talks, they are mostly based on reproaches. In parallel with the run of their journey it is noticeably that in their home country the dimension of an awful conflict, that nobody can surmise, is heading for disaster.


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Fiction

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Country:  Germany,  Iraq,  Qatar
Language:  German, Kurdish, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  1 h 57 min

Lachek, I am Mean

Lachek, I am mean (2019)

11 min - Animation - 20 August 2019
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This is an animated narrative about a girl. Her name is Rokia. She lives in a suburban area in Sweden. Her unemployed father gives her a veil. Rokia loses her veil on the playground and dares not return home.

Director:  Fateme Gosheh
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This is an animated narrative about a girl. Her name is Rokia. She lives in a suburban area in Sweden. Her unemployed father gives her a veil. Rokia loses her veil on the playground and dares not return home.


Collections: EFF-17

Genres: Animation

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Country:  Sweden
Language:  Swedish, English text
Release Date:  20 August 2019

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Runtime:  0 h 11 min