WITHOUT BORDERS Filmfestival
The WITHOUT BORDERS Filmfestival takes place every year in September in the middle of nature’s peace. On the idyllicly situated Gut Eibenhof (Yew Farm) in Brandenburg’s Bad Saarow, we have since 2013 been showing documentaries, feature films and short films which sound out the opportunities and chances of humans living together. Originally WITHOUT BORDERS (Senza Frontiere) was founded in Italy in 2008. We are happy that our festival, on the banks of Lake Scharmützel, has by now become a solid fixture in the Brandenburg festival calendar.
Whoever would like could simply watch films at the WITHOUT BORDERS Filmfestival. Yet we do invite you to carry out discussions with actors, directors and producers because it is our wish that you take something away with you which steps beyond the normal cinema experience. Due to the limits of the festival location intense discussions follow – as well as the chance to digest what has been watched. The exchanges being a part of the festival are reinforced through our film talks. The usual discussion round on Sunday, led by Barbara Schöneberger and Gero von Boehm, likewise with our prominent guests, focuses extra intensively on the festival’s theme.
We lay particular worth on our WITHOUT BORDERS youth programm. We invite Brandenburg students to analyse challenging films as well as organise workshops that offer chances of integration for students from other cultural groups. We invite students to our “FOG”-School cinema but also organise creative media workshops especially for refugees from other countries.
Filmmakers use their opportunities to tell of their personal stories of fate. As watchers we overcome physical and spiritual boundaries and make the stories of others our own. WITHOUT BORDERS dwells on international, often award-winning film contributions that reflect on our shared humanity in very different ways because our festival’s films are concerned with the themes that we ourselves currently hold as important: humaneness, solidarity, humanity.
The renowned script writer and filmmaker Wolfgang Kohlhaase said of our festival:
“A place which doesn’t lack in beauty and a programme that doesn’t lack in meaning.”
We could not wish for a nicer compliment – and we will continue to work on it in the future in order to prove him right.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Bad Saarow in September 2017!
Susanne Suermondt & Tanya Berndsen
& the Festivalteam