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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

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NEWS

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is seeking for ambitious feature documentaries in the rough cut stage.

The submission deadline is January 27th, 2021, more about the call can be found here.

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AWARDS

 

A BLACK JESUS

EFEBO D'ORO 2020
Premio Speciale
Centro Ricerca Narrative e Cinema

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

FREE ZONE FF 2020
Audience Award

DOQUMENTA 2020
Honorable Mention

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN

VIENNALE 2020
Special Jury Prize

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FESTIVALS

A BLACK JESUS

will be screened at

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, DE 2021
Opening film
8.00 pm, 17th January (Online)

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

will be screened at

Fipadoc, FR 2021
Industry Days 18th - 22nd January

WOOD

will be screened at

Fipadoc, FR 2021
Industry Days 18th - 22nd January

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