In the Shadow of the War


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


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


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. 


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