Cradlesong

Five young men, about 18 years old, escaped from violence and war to a place, where they hope to find their fortune. Now they are safe, but somehow they are lost children, longing for a place of identification and familiar warmth.
The basic materials of this short are interviews with five refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gambia and Ethiopia, who talk about their dreams and longings.

  • JayJay
    Key Cast
  • Ismail
    Key Cast
  • Zeeshan
    Key Cast
  • Abdi
    Key Cast
  • Suleyman
    Key Cast
  • Susanne Reng
    Soundmaterial
  • Eri Kassnel
    Director
  • Eri Kassnel
    Producer
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Film Language:
    English, German
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Video Art House Madrid Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
    May 19, 2018
    World Premiere
    official selection
  • Madrid
    Spain
    May 19, 2018
Director Biography - Eri Kassnel

Born 1973 in Timisoara/Romania. 1979 immigration to Germany. Study at the University of Arts in Bern/Switzerland and at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg/ Germany. Since 2010 working as a visual artist with focus on static and moving images, and sound. Participation in national and international exhibitions and festivals, such as. “X-Border-Biennial” Rovaniemi/ Finnland and the “International Video Art House Madrid” (IVAHM)/ Spain.

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Director Statement

I believe, that we - as humans - recognize ourselves by remembering. This is the evidence of existing in a chronological context, which forms identity. The loss of memory can lead to a serious identity crisis. But memory hasn’t to be true implicitly as scientific research taught us: to remember is a flexible process, which always adapts to an optimized learning for the future.

People collect proofs like photographs, documents and letters to verify their memories. I follow from this an existential doubt: Can I trust memory? Who am I really? If I don't leave any traces, have I ever existed?

In this area of conflict, I am interested in man’s subjective sensations and his capability to remember, to forget, to associate and to create - consciously or not - his own Utopia.