Bahar in Wunderland
Young Bahar is surrounded by danger as she and her father try to make their way from Syria to Germany, but she believes she has found her own unique way to defend herself and fight her fears.
The sound is an interview with Giancarlo, a hidden refugee child, and the images are animated. Giancarlo has no permit to stay in Sweden and he describes how it is to be chased by the police.The film travels to Peru and to the school in Sweden but it mostly stays in the room where the interview took place. There are also Giancarlo’s father, mother with a newborn baby and his little brother. Giancarlo sits still with his arms pressed tightly against his little body. He gives straightforward answers to the questions. The animated characters are designed by Mats Johansson. Hidden is the first film in a series of animated documentaries by Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch together with the designer Mats Johansson. As an early and groundbreaking animated documentary Hidden has influenced many films all over the world.
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With big eyes eight-year-old Tanans looks around. The new school year has just begun. That is exciting for all pupils, but especially for Tanans. In the cheerful liveliness of the classroom Tanans does not recognize a single word. The shouts, the words and sentences in Dutch are unfamiliar noises to him. Tanans has only been in the Netherlands for a few weeks. He does not speak the language, understands nothing of the local customs and has not made any friends yet. Tanans is Congolese, but he grew up in a refugee welcome zone in Uganda. Together with his family he has come to the Netherlands as an ‘invited refugee’. In ‘New’ we follow Tanans on his journey of discovery. For the first time he lives in a beautiful house, tries to find his balance on a bike, speaks Dutch. But above all, he tries to make sense of this strange, new world. This is often funny and amusing, and very exciting. For how do you make friends if you don’t speak the same language?
Ravi and Jane
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Ravi & Jane is a heart warming short film which tells the story of two class mates who strike up a budding friendship. A shy 10 year old, Ravi, has just moved to Australia from his native land of Sri Lanka. On his first day in a new school, he is befriended by Jane. Whilst their lives are worlds apart, the two are inseparable until circumstances beyond their control divide them.
No mother is able to leave alone her child light-hearted. But since a terrible war is raging in Shadi’s home country, the girl now lives in Sweden without her mum. Everything is different there and sounds so unfamiliar: the language, the noise of the city and the one in the phone when she tries to talk to her mother. Luckily, Shadi brought an audio tape with her, which she guards as life itself. It gives her comfort and a feeling of security when the situation becomes too much to bear. As beautiful memories mix with terrible visions, Shadi understands that she has to find a way to make this her new home.