Farasha

Karim, a German soldier, must painfully experience what it is like to be a stranger in your own country.

Karim has to track down terrorists in a refugee camp. He is supposed to obtain confidential information from a contact person despite a curfew at night. On the streets of the small East German town he falls into the clutches of a self-appointed militia.

  • Dino Weisz
    Director
  • Dino Weisz
    Writer
  • Sophie Wruck
    Producer
  • Eray Egilmez
    Key Cast
    "Karim"
  • Raschid Daniel Sidgi
    Key Cast
    "Ayman"
  • Mareike Hain
    Key Cast
    "Gabi"
  • Pina Bergemann
    Key Cast
    "Jacky"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Farasha
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, German
  • Shooting Format:
    DCP, ProRes, H264
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • IndieFlicks International Shortfilm Festival
    Manchester, Liverpool
    United Kingdom
    September 2, 2019
    UK Premiere
    Director's Choice Award
  • Biberacher Filmfestspiele
    Biberach
    Germany
    October 29, 2019
    German National Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Wunderwelt Pictures GbR
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Dino Weisz

Dino Weisz is a German film director and screenwriter. After his film studies in France (Université Paris 8), Weisz completed his diploma at the HfbK Hamburg with Wim Wenders and Gerd Roscher. His diploma film is an experimental road movie through the East German province. His current film "Farasha" also takes place in a small East German town and shows the strong division in the German society on the subject of migration.

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Director Statement

Since I shot my diploma film a few years ago in small East German towns, the East of Germany has changed a lot. Fear, insecurity and xenophobia have increased. I am shocked by the resurgence of the right wing in the region. With Farasha I want to show the absurdity of a situation that calls for change. Local people who are afraid of social change meet people who have been deprived of everything, refugees who have to start all over again. And in between, there are people who have been living for years in one of Germany's big cities, in a country of immigration that offers a home to people with a different cultural mind set.
Karim, as a "warrior between worlds,“ bears the burden of this division on his shoulders. As a German with Turkish roots he fights for a Germany of open-mindedness. He is a strong hero who is shaken by the situation in that small town called „Eisental“ („Iron Valley“).

I see the film as a critical description of the current state of affairs. I hope analysis of this situation will provoke a necessary discussion about this topic.