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The First Sea

AT/GER 2013, 60 min, Clara Trischler

An NGO invites Wafaa and Raneen, along with a group of other young West Bank
Palestinians, to spend a day at the beach – in Israel. Although they live nearby, an
impenetrable barrier has always made it impossible for them to go there. Is this trip
a fantasy or a window on the future?

Growing up in times of conflict – 13-year old Palestinian girls Wafaa and Raneen from two different Westbank villages are faced with the option of going on a one-day trip to the beach in Israel. Although they live only a few kilometers away, they have both never been to the sea. Israeli peace activists organize a day at the beach in Tel Aviv for Palestinian women and children, to let them exchange the view on the Wall against the horizon.

One summer morning, Wafaa is preparing for the journey and imagining pretty people in Israel, while Raneen is playing freedom fighter with her friends. Her village is in constant conflict with the Israeli soldiers and for her and her parents it is out of the question to spend a beach day with the “others”.
Is the day by the sea a one-day utopia? Or a possible future?

festivals

Zürich Int. Film Festival 2013, CH | Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2014, DE | FIPA Biarritz 2014, FRA | Diagonale 2014, AT | Jewish Film Festival Vienna 2014, AT | Doc Point Helsinki 2014, FIN | Dok Fest Munique 2015, DE

awards

Best Human/Cultural Film - Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Arizona 2014, USA

Director's statement

In 2009 my Israeli flatmate told me about the initiative to bring Palestinians to the sea for the first time in their lives. Something touched me about this story, the surreal image of seemingly hostile groups spending a day on the beach together... I decided to get my camera and take an early-morning-bus to write an article about it. First glances, first experiences. Their seeming sameness, almost naked, unarmed in the water. Their silent yet so personal communication. That day ended, the floating tires were left void, and I thought about how little I still knew about the lives of the people I met that day, but also how little Israelis and Palestinians seemed to know about the other ones' reality.

Director Clara Trischler

Austrian director Clara Trischler has always been interested in border issues, the extent to which someone is defined by the place one is born into, the influence of outer circumstances on our personal stories and freedom. After studying at the European Film College in Denmark, she moved to Israel, where she worked for the World Centre for Holocaust Research “Yad Vashem” and as a correspondent for Austrian radio broadcasting during the Gaza War in 2009. After a number of film internships in Berlin and New York, she started studying screenplay at the Film Academy of Vienna, where she discovered her love for documentary filmmaking. Since April 2013, Clara is continuing her film studies at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte in Buenos Aires.
For “The First Sea”, her first long documentary film, Clara won the scholarship “Perspektive Österreichisches Nachwuchsfilmschaffen” and a Honorable Mention at the spec_script Award in 2010.
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Tuppern (Writer, middlelength film, Director: Vanessa Gräfingholt, Austria 2013)
Sinking Islands (director, short film, 16 mm, Austria 2010)
First Memories (director, documentary short, 16 mm, Austria 2010)
Sinai (director, documentary short, 16 mm, Austria 2009)
We have no heaven to wait for (director, short film, Denmark 2007)

Producer Sarita Sharma

A film and transmedia producer with a background in law, history, musicology and media management, Sarita Sharma has produced several documentaries and fiction short films with her company Kinomaton Berlin, mostly in collaboration with national or international partners. The core activity is visual storytelling on different platforms (cinema, tv, internet, social media, mobile, transmedia, interactive) with a focus on human stories, culture and society. Her feature documentary co-production Fuck For Forest by Michal Marczak won the award for Best Documentary at Warsaw International Film Festival 2012 and had its international premiere at Rotterdam IFFR in 2013, that was and is followed by numerous festival participations including Dokfestival München and South by Southwest 2013. The German cinema release of the film will happen in June 2013.


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NEWS

KINDER UNTER DECK

ab 10. Mai in den österr. Kinos

Filmhaus, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz

DAS ERSTE JAHRHUNDERT DES WALTER ARLEN

in den österr. Kinos

Programmkino Wels

ab Mai
Das Kino, Salzburg

8./9.5.
Filmbühne Waidhofen/Ybbs

MEIN STOTTERN

in Deutschland im Kino

26.4.
Scharfrichter Kino, Passau

DIE EINSIEDLER

in den österr. Kinos

8./9.5.
Altes Kino Landeck

BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH?

in Österreich im Kino

26.5.
Alte Gerberei, St. Johann

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FESTIVALS

DER STEIN ZUM LEBEN

won the Ecumenical Award
at Achtung Berlin Film Festival!

EISENBERGER - Art must be beautiful, as the frog says to the fly

will be screened at

Dokfilm Festival, Norway 2019
2:00 pm, 27th April

Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland 2019
10th-19th May

DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2019
4.00 pm, 11th May
4.00 pm, 19th May

WALTER ARLEN'S FIRST CENTURY

will be screened at

Dokfilm Festival, Norway 2019
10.00 am, 27th April

Los Angeles Jewish FF, USA 2019
7.30 pm, 8th May

ASHORE

won Best Documentary Award
at Festival de Malaga!

will be screened at

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria 2019
4.30 pm, 28th April
6.30 pm, 30th April

Jeonju Int. Film Festival, South Korea 2019
1.30 pm, 6th May
5.30 pm, 7th May
5.00 pm, 11th May

UNA PRIMAVERA

will be screened at

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria 2019
8.15 pm, 29th April

Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival, Canada 2019
9.00 pm, 29th April
4.00 pm, 1st May
12.45 pm, 4th May

CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia 2019
8th - 13th May

Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland 2019
10th-19th May

DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2019
6.00 pm, 13th May
7.00 pm, 17th May

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

won Audience Award at
Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival!

will be screened at

Trento Film Festival, Italy 2019
7.00 pm, 29th April
3.15 pm, 2nd May

CHILDREN BELOW DECK

will be screened at

Central European University, HU 2019
5.30 pm, 7th May

KINDERS

will be screened at

Ciranda de Filmes, Brazil 2019
23rd-26th May

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