In the Shadow of the War

DIAS DE SANTIAGO

Josué Méndez
Peru 2004 | 83 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
San­ti­a­go Roman, a rugged, 23-year-old sol­dier of the Peru­vian Navy, returns home to Lima after years of fight­ing in the jungle. Combat-weary and search­ing for hope, San­ti­a­go is a member … read more

MURMAUER – WALL

Simone Bitton
France, Israel 2004 | 99 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Pales­tini­ans, in the midst of the ear-split­ting noise of bull­doz­ers, defy­ing the logic of war. “I wanted to show the emer­gence of the wall, to record this his­tor­i­cal moment, when … read more

RUNAWAYS

Orzu Saripov
Tajikistan 2004 | 15 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU

By using very simple means, Orzu Saripov accom­pa­nies Afghan refugees, who are able to escape the hail of bombs in the north of the coun­try in the direc­tion of Tajik­istan and flee to unin­hab­it­ed islands on the Pianj-River. The video camera remains very close and observes with­out com­men­tary the flow and daily-life of an exodus. Sit­ting on a donkey, car­ry­ing sacks, wan­der­ing through the desert, cross­ing dan­ger­ous rivers – every­thing finds its pur­pose. Bullet car­tridges become cig­a­rette hold­ers, car tires become rafts. RUNAWAYS shows an aspect of daily life in war, which CNN and Co. have learned to ignore. 

WE LOVED EACH OTHER SO MUCH

Jack Janssen
Netherlands 2003 | 80 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Jack Janssen
For half a cen­tu­ry now, the Lebanese singer Fairuz has been a living legend in the Arab world, from Iraq to Moroc­co. Her home is Beirut. Once this city was … read more