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Number my Wanderings

In a church, a priest receives a group of refugees. In a bizarre and exaggerated way, the refugees are confronted with the bureaucracy that German institutions operate. The church serves as a hodgepodge oft he most diverse institutions. Finally, the workers in this institutional mechanism turn out to be victims of the apparatus.

  • Dušan Solomun
    Children of Spring
  • Dušan Solomun
    Children of Spring
  • Florian Denk
    Key Cast
    "The Priest"
  • Selin Kavak
    Key Cast
    "Refugee Camp Manager"
  • Jelena Bosanac
    Key Cast
    "Refugee A"
  • Vera Maria Kremers
    Key Cast
  • Mareschka Filmkollektiv
    Children of Spring
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Zähle die Wege meiner Flucht
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 11 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 16, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    56,000 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    Scope Anamorphic
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director Biography - Dušan Solomun

Dušan Solomun was born in Belgrade, Serbia. At a young age he moved with his family to Berlin, Germany, where he grew up. Since 2006 he has been studying at the FH- Dortmund, majoring in film and television camera and documentary filmmaking.
During his studies he made the documentaries "5 minutes to 12" and "Bruckhausen - Souls in the Universe", which was shown at festivals all over Europe. He also spent a year abroad at the Bezalel Arts Academy in Jerusalem. There he realized "Lod on the Map!", a documentary about four young men from Lod, a small town in the heart of Israel, who dream of a successful career as musicians. The film premiered at the Israel Film Festival Berlin in 2012.
Since then freelance director, cinematographer and writer.
He developed several film and theater workshops for refugees in Berlin and Brandenburg.

His film CHILDREN OF SPRING screened at various international film festivals including BELDOCS INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL // FILM FESTIVAL COTTBUS // BUFFALO IFF and won the mid-length feature film main prize at SALTO INDEPENDENT FF and CONCEPCION INTERNATIONAL FF among others in 2019.
He is currently finishing his second feature film NUMBER MY WANDERINGS with cinematographer Tilo Hauke. He is also working on various film and theater workshops with refugees. He is a member of the AG DOK.

Publications and work ---------------------------------

Flight from Syria: New home Germany?
Hirnkost Publishing House 2018

Organizing and conducting interviews with Syrian refugees.

Cameraman and Editor - Video and Film Department, House of World Cultures Berlin 2012-2018.

Research Associate at GIZ
(German Society for International Cooperation) Economics of refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, research project 2016
Research associate at FPU (Free Press Unlimited) on the analysis of the Southeast European media 2016

Correspondent at Nadrealisti Radio Belgrade 2015

Contributor at "Strategic Planning - Non-Governmental Organizational Structuring" workshop in Leipzig 2014

Hans Böckler Stippendiat 2007-2012

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Director Statement

Shortly before the beginning of the civil war in Yugoslavia, I moved to Berlin with my family.

We didn't plan to stay for long, but the circumstances in our country forced us to continue life in exile.
I have a strong personal motivation for this project.

When the Syrian refugees came to Berlin, I became friends with many of them and discovered a number of commonalities – one of them being the experience of following a war from a distance.

Like my Syrian friends and at a rather young age, I sometimes sat in front of the TV watching horrific images of war. Images of destroyed cities I knew and dead bodies lying on the ground.
With my last project, “Children of Spring”, I dealt with my friends' escape across the Mediterranean, in a personal and experimental way. With a happy ending that is: the arrival in Germany.

The experiences we shared during the process of preparation, shooting and post production was a liberating and constructive way to work on our individual and collective traumas.

The current project called "Number my Wanderings" will be a continuation of this story: The refugees have arrived but how do they go on living in the safe and protected new world they're now in?

With a highly stylized and bizarre presentation of the bureaucratic apparatus in an absurd fictional institution - a church.
The church represents the police, the job centre and a church – a mixed apparatus of a state.

My idea is to create a world that reflects our reality. The film is not meant as a criticism of institutions, but rather a reflection of a complicated system.

Both, the refugees and the officials within institution, are victims of this system.
When I wrote the dialogue, I drew inspiration from the absurdity of Samuel Beckett's work. Similar to his plays, I tried to develop humorous and grotesque situations.

For example, with the character who is the director of the refugee centre. She throws from the church's balcony an employment contract of a refugee into the air, which leads to stacks of papers flying through the large room. Or in the panic scene when, due to the sound of an airplane, the refugees think they are being bombed and run through the church in confusion and panic.

I want to establish a place of confession as a space for the absurd and at the same time initiate dialogue between some of the refugees and the priest.

The look of the film will be in a Cinemascope widescreen format and shot in black and white. A slow- moving camera, long shots, combining the crowd scenes in the church with close-up shots to capture the expressive emotions in the protagonists' faces. The expansive church will allow the camera a tremendous freedom of movement.

I have already worked on the melody of the song "Heimatlos" - originally by pop star Freddy Quinn - with a musician and two versions have been created as a result. An organ melody and a soprano version.

I don't want to convey an explicit message with the film, and especially not a moral one.
 To bring intense emotion, the lost state of a group of people and the combined absurdity and tragedy of a bureaucratic apparatus, closer to the viewer - that would be my goal.