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MALACHI (mal-uh-kai)

This documentary follows several days through the eyes of Malachi: a jazz saxophonist hailed from New York, trained with the likes of Wynton Marsalis. He brings his music to the public and guides the audience of this film through hidden streets and underground stations of Berlin.

  • Naima Fatima
    Director
  • Ilias Merabiha
    Cinematography
  • Roman Koblov
    Cinematography
  • Naima Fatima
    Cinematography
  • Adi Othman
    Field Recorders
  • Toby Chris
    Field Recorders
  • Maya De Mallo
    Studio Recording
  • Shannon Bower
    Studio Recording
  • Malachi Basden
    Musicians
  • Hugo Labattut
    Musicians
  • Deniz Vural
    Musicians
  • Petros Tzekos
    Musicians
  • Gabeyre Farah
    Musicians
  • Hugo Reydat
    Musicians
  • Richard Salvesan
    Musicians
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    short, music, music video, documentary
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    200 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Naima Fatima

Naima Duyser is a young and passionate Malaysian/Dutch filmmaker, cinematographer and editor currently based in Berlin. Coming from a mixed background and constantly moving around prior to her relocation to Berlin resulted in her being exposed to a range of films, art and music from countries all over the world. She left her hometown, Kuala Lumpur, at seventeen to move to Berlin – a booming, cultural hotspot where young creatives seem to thrive. It is a city where one is never short of subjects, or keen collaborators.

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Director Statement

There are multiple reasons why I have wanted to create this documentary. I have always been fascinated by and found inspiration from music of all sorts. I believe it can be used as a tool to unite and bring people together. Malachi is a character who I found to be doing just that, uniting people with his music. He is someone who I’ve seen perform all around Berlin ever since I moved here three years ago. In any place you live in, there will always be prominent and interesting individuals that never fail to remind you of that particular place. For me, Malachi is somebody I immediately associate with Berlin. Whether he plays in the U-Bahn stations, the streets or in small bars, there always seems to be a crowd that followed him, cheering him on and clapping along to his music. This raw and contagious energy that follows Malachi radiates through crowds and invites a wide diversity of people of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds, to be united in that moment by music. After meeting Malachi, I knew I had to document his music and his story.