For the third time, goEast is proud to present the Young Filmmakers for Peace project, organised in co-operation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Young Filmmakers for Peace aims to bring together up-and-coming filmmakers from war-torn conflict and post-conflict regions in Eastern Europe and Germany during the festival week at goEast. In particular, the program gives participants from Russia and Ukraine the opportunity to step out of environments affected by acute conflict and take part with the other guests in lectures, workshops and panel discussions that explore the subject of filmmaking in times of conflict and its potential for promoting peace and democratisation. Young Filmmakers for Peace is equally focussed on the making of films under the conditions of violent conflict and the making of films about such conflicts.
The project intends to create a space for participants hailing from regions torn by war and other conflicts, one in which they can reflect critically on their own work and the influences that conflict or post-conflict situations have had on it. In this space, participants can also get to know concrete artistic and aesthetic strategies for approaching themes of conflict and peace in their work. The project intends to create a deeper awareness of the socio-political relevance of film and the positive influence that film can have on the perception and resolution of instances of social, political and humanitarian conflict. Coming together to learn with others is already a significant step out of isolation and "being cut off". Equipped with new insight, participants can return to their societies as agents of change. Their works can thus become multipliers of messages promoting peace and democracy.
The selection of the participants takes place in a first step through a call for applications and nominations from mentors from the respective countries, who will themselves lead several events at Young Filmmakers for Peace. These filmmakers, producers and scriptwriters, who possess considerable experience in making films in or on situations of conflict, have dedicated themselves to passing on this knowledge and experience to the next generation. In a second step, a jury will decide on the final allotment of places in the program. Aside from the learning opportunities already mentioned, participants will also have the opportunity in the scope of a project development module to ask questions regarding their own film projects that are currently in development or to develop their ideas further under the direction of their mentors. In addition, participants also have the possibility to take part in individual events of the East-West Talent Lab, which also runs during the festival week, in order to be able to make further connections to young filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe and Germany and extend their professional networks.
HOUSAM ABDOULGHANI, Syria
A short fiction film that shows the last seconds of an innocent Syrian mother's life who was killed by terrosists, while escaping with her family.
MOHAMMED ADEL, Egypt
Project: ASWAN, JEWISH TEMPLE, HEAVEN THE DOG AND OTHER THINGS!
The film tells the true story of a girl who works as a journalist. Originally from Aswan in Upper Egypt, she does not like this place praised by many others. It's a journey of an Egyptian girl who has a lot of pain and suffering inside herself and inside her country Egypt, but she still has hope. Hope for change.
AHMAD ALBAKRI, Palastine
Project: LITTLE RED MIRACLES
Tarek and a group of young clowns - Red Nose Doctors - are visiting Palestinian hospitals, Pediatric and Cancer Departments, to spread hope and laughter among hopeless cases children. Wait, a miracle just happened.
ZDENĚK CHALOUPKA, Czech Republic
Project: FORGOTTEN WAR
The interactive documentary Forgotten War explores the everyday reality of life in the so called "grey zone", a territory on the edge of the East Ukrainian front line. It shows the war from the local residents' point of view. A road movie in which the viewer can choose with whom, when and where to go and see the fallout of the war.
OLEKSANDRA CHUPRINA, Ukraine
Project: PEARL OF ABSURD
This film is the journey to the city on the coast of the Black Sea. Odessa - European city inside a post-soviet reality. A place of outstanding past and challenging present. It is both an open-air museum of XIX century architecture and vivid example of consumer lifestyle with soviet mentality.
ZEYNEP KÖPRÜLÜ, Turkey
Project: INSIDE A JAM JAR
The story of Syrian women refugees in Turkey that found hope by making and selling jams.
ELENE MIKABERIDZE, Georgia
Project: BORDER GAMES
On the eve of their marriage, Nino gets separated from her Gio when their village Tbali is suddenly split up by a new border. But love conquers all borders, including those on the level of political games.
ENA OMEROVIĆ, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Netherlands
Project: B-SIEGED – MY CAMERA AS MY WEAPON OF CULTURAL RESISTANCE
This documentary covers the topic of film-making in war-time in one of the most recent war in Europe; during the siege of Sarajevo between 1992 and 1995.
OGNJEN PETKOVIĆ, Serbia
Project: SHORT WAR STORIES
The project as a whole is imagined as a feature film, constructed out of several short movies: „Love", „Waiting", „Water"„Leaving". All stories are different by genre, as it is in real life. It can be anyone's story. It's a universal image of any war.
ANNEGRET SACHSE, Germany
The protagonists of this short experimental documentary are a Ukrainian and a Russian family who have both lost a family member in the war in East Ukraine. Through observing the aftermath of death and mourning, side by side, I want to depict the incomprehensible pointlessness of war and create a universal pacifist metaphor against armed conflict.
VLADISLAVA ZHUKOVSKAYA, Russia
Using a war video chronicle that my father has digitized recently, his several war photo albums, some my own memories and polar visions of my parents on how we turned out to be so much parted today, I want to investigate whatever I am able to. In the form of an animated collage integrated with photos, videos, newspaper reports, voiced memories and animated elements, I want to restore the events of the most painful period in the life of my family.
DALIAH ZIPER, Geramny
Project: VOICE OF PEACE
An international culture of peace was born in the Middle East for the first time: The offshore radio station Voice of Peace broadcasted from 1973 - 1993 from international waters to the region of Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Palestine. This film does not aim at telling the story of the pirate radio station Voice of Peace nor its founder Abie Nathan, but rather wants to continue his peace efforts in an experimental film project.