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Souls In Transit

The documentary Souls In Transit tells the story of a largely unknown genocide. In 1915, about 3 million Christians were killed by the Ottoman Empire. The film tells the story of this massacre with the help of contemporary witnesses and relates it to the present. The genocide of 1915 finds its tragic continuation in current conflicts.
Subtitels: English / French / German / Arabic
77 min

  • Aida Schlaepfer
  • Aida Schlaepfer
  • Aida Schlaepfer
  • Aida Schlaepfer Al-Hassani
    NouN (2015) (Documentaire) To be we also want to be (2013), (Documentaire) My Name Is Egyptian Citizens HD Egypt Doc (2011), (Documentaire) Homeland (2010), (Documentaire) Gangs of Baghdad (2007), (Documentaire) Educational film created in (2006) for the German School Marionette (2005) 35mm, (Fiktion/Fiction) East and West Dancing (2003); (Video art) Silent Screaming inside a Woman (2002), (Video art) Shadow Black and White (2001), (Video art)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    180,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Iraq, Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Aida Schlaepfer
Distribution Information
  • Aida Schlaepfer
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Aida Schlaepfer

DIRECTOR's Biography
Director Aida Schlaepfer Al Hassani was born in Baghdad to a Lebanese mother and an Iraqi father. She moved to Europe at the age of 20. Aida studied art and media design in Zurich. In 2003, she completed advanced studies in film directing at the renowned Academy of Arts in Cairo.
"Souls In Transit", 95th Academy Award Oscar Qualification 2023
"NouN" (2015, doc), multiple award winner at various festivals
"To be we also want to be" (2013, doc)
"My Name Is Egyptian Citizens" (2011, doc) nominated for the Gold Award at the Al Jazeera Film Festival for Human Rights
"Homeland" (2010, doc)
"Gangs of Baghdad" (2007, doc), ausgewählt für das Hollywood Film Festival 2008
"Educational film" created in 2006 for the German School in Cairo
"Marionette" (2005, 35mm, fiction), winner of the Bronze Award at the Houston Film Festival and other awards
"East and West Dancing" (2003, video art)
"Silent Screaming inside a Woman" (2002, video art)
"Shadow Black and White" (2001, video art)

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Director Statement

The director knows from her own experience what it means to be a refugee. In Lebanon, she experienced the devastating civil war with her family. No one has ever learned what exactly befell the members of her family who were murdered. The same is true of the fates of hundreds of thousands of people who are forced to leave their homeland.