الذين جرفتهم المياه إلى الوادي، ارتفعوا غيومًا 

Those swept away by the waters / rose up as clouds

©Ali Kaaf and Khaled Mzher. Documenta Fifteen Kassel, GE. 2022

“Those swept away by the waters / rose up as clouds” A contribution to Documentafifteen with *fC*Collective Kassel, GE (2022). from Ali Kaaf Studio on Vimeo.

A conversation between visual artist Ali Kaaf and filmmaker Khaled Mzher on the loss of loved ones, that took them to the writings of Lebanese poet Wadih Sa’adeh, whose subtle and profound Arabic poetry deals with loss in a philosophical and existential way.

The title is a poem by Wadih Sa’adeh, translated from Arabic by Golan Haji.

A contribution to Documentafifteen with *fC*Collective Kassel, GE (2022).

Film: CinemaDNG

Duration: 16 min 

Installation: Glass, Fabric, Wood 

H 300cm x W 240cm x D 500cm

A screening of three children films “Let’s Camera”, “Colors Maker” and “When Cities Fly” in Cinema Arsenal Berlin on January the 21st

in Arsenal Cinema/ theme: big cinema, small cinema #17 – far and close.

on 21.01.2018 Together with Films by Ute Aurand (Germany), Jeannette Muñoz (Chile) and Marie Menken(USA). A screening of 3 out of 7 experimental short films for children which I did as a part of the Goethe Institutes Project ” The Missing Movies”.
http://www.arsenal-berlin.de/kalender/tagesansicht/calendar/2018/january/21.html

Best short movie award for Wada’ at Carbonia Film Festival

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Best short movie award Wada’ (Germania, 2015, 28’)
Within the following reasons:
This movie has been able to infuse a sense of expectation and doubt, denoting the emotivity of the characters through the wise use of non verbal language and the refined narrative style describing in a delicate and discreet manner the violent and devastating effects of the war.

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http://www.carboniafilmfest.org/en/12-edizione-2016/96-awards.html

Best Cinematography award for WADA’ in the 35. International Munich Filmschool festival.

WADA’ (PREDICTION)
by Khaled Mzher
Cinematography: Alexander Haßkerl
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Germany

The Jury:
Cinematography is much more powerful when it doesn’t set out to be a quest for perfection – or just an illustration of the script. Images can lead us to places that can’t be reached by words. In WADA’, the character lacks words to express his feelings, so the cinematographer has chosen sensitively to let us enter in those moments of life with shots that do not force emotions on us but allow them time to arise. It’s Berlin today but from a perspective never seen before. In every frame we perceive visually that the Berlin of the protagonist is haunted by Syria, by both its beauty and its violence.

Die Festival-Jury:
Kameraarbeit ist noch kraftvoller, wenn sie nicht nach Perfektion strebt oder nur zur Illustration des Drehbuchs dient. Bilder können uns an Orte führen, die Worte nicht erreichen. In WADA‘ fehlen dem Protagonisten die Worte, um seine Gefühle auszudrücken. Also nähert sich der Kameramann diesen Momenten mit feinfühligen Aufnahmen, die Emotionen nicht erzwingen, sondern ihnen Zeit geben, sich zu entwickeln. Er zeigt das heutige Berlin, aber aus einer bisher unbekannten Perspektive. Durch jedes Bild fühlt man, dass Berlin, wie die Hauptfigur, von der Schönheit und Gewalt Syriens verfolgt werden.

https://www.filmschoolfest-munich.de/en/festival/preise-und-preistraeger/

 

Wada’ in the press:

Kultur West:
Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen”, Andreas Wilink

http://www.kulturwest.de/architektur/detailseite/artikel/kurzfilmtage-oberhausen/


der Freitag:
Die Oberfläche der Narration”, Fabian Tietke

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/oberhausen?utm_content=buffer88a8f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“Hinter Salzgittern”, Fabian Tietke
https://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/hinter-salzgittern


taz:
“Selbstgemachte Träume”, Silvia Hallensleben

http://www.taz.de/1/archiv/digitaz/artikel/?ressort=ku&dig=2015%2F05%2F07%2Fa0143


Ny Tid:
“Oberhausen – møtestedet for de uvisse”, Endre Eidsaa Larsen

http://www.nytid.no/oberhausen-motestedet-for-de-uvisse/

WADA’ screenings in the 61. International Short Film Festival Oberhausen May 2015.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Friday, 1 May, 12.30 h, Lichtburg Filmpalast/Lichtburg

Discussion: Friday, 1 May, 14.00 Uhr, Festival Space

Repetition: Friday, 1 May, 22.30 h, Lichtburg Filmpalast/Gloria
GERMAN COMPETITION:

Saturday, 2 May, 12.30 h, Lichtburg Filmpalast/Lichtburg

Discussion: Saturday, 2 May, 14.00 h, Festival Space
61. International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
festival Program as PDF