In June this year’s third WITHOUT BORDERS workshop for people with and without a history of flight took place: Under the guidance of Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz, Berlin artists and authors of experimental documentary films, as well as composers and sound artists Eunice Martins and Laura Mello, around 20 refugees form the Fuchsbau temporary residence in Petersdorf, young people from the Nord Fürstenwalde youth club and apprentices from various trades from Storkow and Bad Saarwo worked on the „Symphony oft the Small Town“ film project.
The two-part workshop first brought the fugitives into contact with the work in the companies and enabled the participants to gain initial insights and activities. At the same time, the participants were given a quick course in the use of HD cameras and sound equipment so that they could participate both in front of and behind the camera. A short film essay on the subject of „work“ was produced.
In the second part oft he workshop, the pictures, based on the silent film classic „Berlin – Symphony of a Big City“, wer set to music by the resulting sound recordings and musical creations. „The participants should have the opportunity to perceive life realities beyond their own environment and to capture them in images and sounds“, says Anna Faroqhi. The result is a versatile cinematic and musical montage; enocounters, relationships and opportunities for teaching and work have come about. „To wish, that such encounters were part of everyday life“, says Faroqhi.
„Symphonie of the Small Town“ premiers as well as all other workshop projects at WITHOUT BORDERS Festival 2019.