”A World not Ours” was in Belgrade for the Magnificent7 festival – and was met with enthusiasm. The director told us that a follow-up short film had been selected for the Berlinale short film competition. The first public screening takes place today in Berlin, I got a dvd to watch here in Copenhagen. For those of you who are in Berlin, go and watch the film, there are still screenings scheduled. You will discover a harsh cinematic interpretation of what it means to be a refugee in today’s Europe.
The main character of ”A World not Ours”, the charismatic Abu Eyad, fled his Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon to end up in the streets of Athens, where drug addicts lie on the pavements and where he sleeps in a cellar room together with other refugees. To say the least, they hate to be in Athens, they take drugs to survive depression, and Abu Eyad earns money through sex with men and ”grannies” as he calls them.
The film is based on rough material from the streets and the cellar, including photos, with the sound of a phone conversation between the director and his pal Abu Eyad. It works perfect.
There is no smile on your face having watched this short documentary from… yes from Hell.
Xenos means “stranger”, “enemy”, “alien”.
13 mins., 2014, United Kingdom, Denmark