In view of the tragic developments taking place in Israel/Palestine at the moment, we have decided to release a Palestine/Israel trilogy in cooperation with EIKON and the association Cinema Jenin e.V. These are all three award-winning films that show people – Jews and Palestinians alike – who have tried to break the cycle of hatred and violence.
The Khatib family lives in the West Bank, in a refugee camp called Jenin. A year ago the Palestinian Ismael Khatib lost his 12-year-old son Ahmed. Ahmed was shot by an Israeli soldier while he was playing “Arabs and Jews” with two friends. The soldier took his toy gun for a real weapon and killed him. Despite his grief, Ismael decided within hours to donate his son’s organs to save the lives of four Israeli children.
13 August 1961: the GDR closes the sector borders in Berlin. The city is divided overnight. Escape to the West becomes more dangerous every day. But on September 14, 1962, exactly one year, one month and one day after the Wall was built, a group of 29 people from the GDR manage a spectacular escape through a 135-meter tunnel to the West. For more than four months, students from West Berlin, including two Italians, painstakingly constructed this tunnel. They risked their lives – for friends, relatives, lovers and political ideals.
For the first time in the 50-year history of the World Economic Forum, an independent camera crew was able to shoot behind the scenes of the huge event. In times of unfettered populism and growing mistrust towards the elite, we follow Klaus Schwab, the 81-year-old founder of the controversial World Economic Forum, over the course of one year.
The film begins as a love story between Cahit Cubuk, a poor, handsome Turk, and a young, naive woman from Stuttgart are falling in love with each other. Six months into her pregnancy she grudgingly accepts that he goes back to Turkey for what she believes is a short vacation – a vacation with his Turkish wife and daughters. He never returns. In spring their son Attila Marcus is born. Thirty-eight years later Marcus travels to a remote village in Turkey to meet his father.