Do You Get Me?

Mohamed, a child pursuing his dreams, 8 years after his arrival in Spain, is confronted with a reality that is still distant to him.

  • Otto Lazić-Reuschel
  • Heidi Gronauer
  • Lorenzo Paccagnella
  • Julia Inderst
  • Angela Disanto
  • Alessandra Bassi
    Sound Recordist
  • Ramiro Torres Lacroze
    Sound Recordist
  • Riccardo Spagnol
    Sound Design & Mix
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ¿Me Entiendes?
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  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Morocco, Spain
  • Language:
    Arabic, Spanish
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - ZeLIG - School for documentary
  • Vision Du Reel
    April 25, 2023
    World Premiere
  • DocuMed - Cinéma Documentaire Méditerranéen
    May 3, 2023
    African Premiere
  • Sole Luna Doc Film Festival
    July 8, 2023
    Italian Premiere
  • Beyond Borders - International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo
    August 25, 2023
    Greek Premiere
Director Biography - Otto Lazić-Reuschel

Otto Lazić-Reuschel was born in Trieste, where he grew up. After spending a year in Chiapas, Mexico, where he shot his first documentary „Que Pasa?“, in 2011, he moved to Berlin where he is currently living. At present, he is working on a creative documentary, „Drajcici. A Village at the Edge of Europe.“ The documentary is in development but already got selected at various international development workshops. His latest short film „When I dance, the Earth trembles“, a one take film set in Berlin was presented at the 24th Black Night Film Festival (PÖFF Shorts). In 2022, he graduated in the directing class at the ZELIG – School for Documentary, Television and New Media in Bolzano, Italy.

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Director Statement

I am directly involved in this story. In 2015, when I was 23 years old I lived about three months in Melilla, a spanish enclave in Morocco. In this occasion, I met Mohamed, he was 12 years old and was one of the many boys who tried every night to reach the coasts of the Spanish Peninsula illegally. When I immersed myself in this reality, at the borders of the European Union, I finally saw the true face of Europe: an inhuman migration policy, illegal push-backs and a crazy border police. This experience changed me and made me re-evaluate the values on which our society is based. Through this experience I made two documentaries: "Mañana, Inshallah" and "Riski", the latter has as its protagonist the little Mohamed and his life among the rocks of the port of Melilla. In 2017, once I finished editing Riski, I contacted him via Facebook to show him the short film and hear his opinion. From that day on, we kept in touch sporadically until, in 2019, I decided to visit him in the centre where he was hosted in Sabadell, a small town near Barcelona. It was very emotional to meet him after so many years. Somehow the time spent in Melilla had marked us both, it had bonded us together and created a great mutual esteem and trust. Seeing each other again and developing our friendship outside of this city was a liberating experience. I have great respect for him and I feel very lucky to be able to tell this story, aware also of the ethical and moral problems that the story itself may have. Being able to delineate my roles as both director and friend in a subtle and honest way will be a significant responsibility.