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The Aleppo Room

"The Aleppo Room" takes place in Berlin, Germany and focuses on a group of museum guides who have been displaced by the ravages of war. The three Syrian women and one Iraqi man featured in the film are part of an organization called "Multaka", which provides Arabic-language museum tours free of charge to recently arrived refugees.

For this short film, each of the guides narrates a poetic meditation on an art object with which they are well-acquainted from their experience as guides. The Aleppo Room is one such object: an entrance room conserved in the Museum of Islamic Art that is composed of painted wooden panels with motifs from Islam, Christianity and Judaism. This interior was commissioned by a fourteenth-century Christian broker who resided in Aleppo, Syria. As we follow each guide through the film, we learn how their relationship to these art objects is echoed in their own situation of making a new home in a foreign country.

  • Viktor Witkowski
    Refuge (2016)
  • Self-Produced
  • Zoya Masoud
    Key Cast
  • Hussam Zahim Mohammed
    Key Cast
  • Rita Albahri
    Key Cast
  • Salma Jreige
    Key Cast
  • LJ Kruzer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    History, War, Art, Refugees
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Language:
    Arabic, English, German
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Lisbon Film Rendezvous
    October 4, 2019
    Portuguese Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Spartanburg Art Museum
    United States
    August 15, 2019
    South Carolina Premiere
  • Ethnografilm Paris 2019
    April 18, 2019
    French Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 2018 Amarcord Arthouse Film and Video Fest
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Pergamon Museum
    January 24, 2018
    European Premiere
  • Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York Art Gallery
    United Kingdom
    May 18, 2018
    UK Premiere
  • The Mespies
    United States
    March 24, 2018
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Viktor Witkowski

Born in Poland, Viktor Witkowski is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Vermont (USA) and Leipzig (Germany).

Viktor earned a Master's Degree in Art Education, Art History and Studio Art from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (HBK Braunschweig, Germany) in 2006 and a MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University in 2010.

"The Aleppo Room" is Viktor Witkowski's second experimental short film.

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