EFF
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

  Sunday 19 November, at. 13.30, Hagabion hall 1
Nr:  9
Length  52 min ( 0 h 52 min )
Genres  Fiction
Country  Italy
Lang  Italian, Persian, English text
Director  Razi Mohebi


Storyline

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.

Future: Open

Future: Open

  Sunday 19 November, at. 21.00, Hagabio hall 1
Nr:  50
Length  99 min ( 1 h 39 min )
Genres  Fiction
Country  Slovenia
Lang  Slovenian, English, English text
Director  Rudi Uran


Storyline

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?

French suburb, A No-Go Zone?

French suburb, a no-go zone?

  Sunday 19 November, at. 18.30, Viktoriahuset - Viktoriasal
Nr:  34
Length  52 min ( 0 h 52 min )
Genres  Documentary
Country  Switzerland
Lang  French, English text
Director  Alexandre Stern


Storyline

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.

Broken border

Broken border

  Saturday 18 November, at. 14.00, Hammarkullen kulturhus
Wednesday 22 November, at. 21.00, Hagabion hall 1
Nr:  37
Length  18 min ( 0 h 18 min )
Genres  Documentary
Country  Iran
Lang  Persian, english text
Director  Keywan Karimi


Storyline

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.

Lost Paradise

Lost paradise

  Sunday 19 November, at. 13.30 Hagabion hall 1
Nr:  7
Length  18 min ( 0 h 18 min )
Genres  Documentary
Country  Switzerland
Lang  Dari, Persian, English text
Director  Mortaza Shahed


Storyline

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.”

Fighting sand castles

Fighting sand castles

  Sunday 19 November, at. 19.00, Hagabion hall 1
Nr:  56
Length  23 min ( 0 h 23 min )
Genres  Documentary
Country  Israel
Lang  Hebrew, Fur, English text
Director  Adi Ornai, Hila Mutayn


Storyline

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.

Europe 2015, the first year of the war

Europe 2015, the first year of the war

  Sunday 18 November, at. 18.30, Viktoriahuset - Viktoriasal
Nr:  49
Length  48 min ( 0 h 48 min )
Genres  Documentary
Country  Switzerland
Lang  English, Arabic, English text
Director  Jean-Bernard Menoud


Storyline

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.

Blue Beard Today‘s Tale

Blue Beard Today's Tale

  Monday 20 November, at. 13.00, Blå Stället
Monday 20 November, at. 19.00, Ungdomens hus 1200 kvadrat
Wednesday 22 November, at. 18.30, Hagabion sal 2
Nr:  19
Length  17 min ( 0 h 17 min )
Country  Canada
Lang  English, English text
Director  Khadija Baker


Storyline

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.

House Without Roof

House without roof

  Monday 20 November, at. 21.00, Hagabion hall 1
Nr:  27
Length  117 min ( 1 h 57 min )
Genres  Fiction
Country  Germany,  Iraq,  Qatar
Lang  German, Kurdish, English text
Director  Soleen Yusef


Storyline

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.

Lachek, I am Mean

Lachek, I am mean

  Tuesday 21 November, at. 21.00, Hagabion hall 1
Nr:  12
Length  11 min ( 0 h 11 min )
Genres  Animation
Country  Sweden
Lang  Swedish, English text
Director  Fateme Gosheh


Storyline

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.