Experiencing Interruptions?


The footage for the video was shot in May and June of this year while I was at the artist residency "Die Kolonie" in Worpswede, Germany. During that time, I was meeting with refugees most of who had arrived in Germany in October and November 2015. In addition, I met with various organizations, volunteers and activists who are trying to ease the many difficulties these newly arrived people experience on a daily basis.

Filming took place in parts of northern Germany: in larger cities, rural towns and in Berlin. I also returned to my hometown to record several scenes at a temporary refugee shelter. Over thirty years ago my parents and I had arrived as refugees from Poland in this particular German town. Now refugees from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea were put up in my former elementary school.

Because of the partly abstract nature of the footage, the complicated matter at hand and in the absence of the interviewee's spoken word, I decided to collaborate with sound artist Ezra Teboul. This collaborative project is an audio-visual response to one of the most challenging crises of our times which threatens nations, individuals and our empathy towards those displaced.

  • Viktor Witkowski
  • Ezra Teboul
    Sound Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, German, Persian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA Underground Film Forum
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 22, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College
    Hanover, NH
    United States
    February 9, 2017
  • The Mespies Film Festival
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States
    March 25, 2017
    Finest International Documentary
  • The International Polish Film Festival
    Best Experimental Film
  • The Artist Forum Festival of the Moving Image
    New York City
    United States
    October 13, 2017
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.

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