A total of 18 short films entered the race at this year’s Lausitzer FilmSchau which traditionally opened the Cottbus Film Festival. We are very pleased that GEDENKEN won the main prize this year! The film by Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz was made as part of the WITHOUT BORDERS FILMFESTIVAL youth programme. It shows a practical example of living history and accompanies former street children who, together with a social worker, an architect and a historian, initiate the architectural expansion of a memorial for a Nazi concentration camp.
“The film convinces with clear images and language. By accompanying the protagonists in their need to come to terms with history, it creates a completely new perspective on a subject on which there are already many perspectives. In just a few minutes, the topic of remembering is put into a new light, especially in the current times of war,” said the jury’s statement.
The film was shot at the Justus Delbrück House, the Academy for Co-Determination at Jamlitz railway station and at the Jamlitz concentration camp memorial.
Soon, GEDENKEN will be shown at festivals in La Paz, Bolivia and Bologna, Italy. In this way, the youth work of WITHOUT BORDERS will be visible all over the world.
Photo: Faroqhi / Peretz