Private Project


The film shows work in a initial reception home for refugees in Berlin. The filmmakers chose to show every scene and event in a static single shot and thus use the language of depicting reality as it was used at the beginning of film 130 years ago by the brothers Lumière.
The images show undramatic everyday life situations in which the essentials of life in a new surrounding for the residents are being discussed: a fresh start at the home, details on the surgery for a sick child, procedures with the embassy during the process of becoming reunited with a husband still stuck in Turkey.
Attentive and exact work in the hostel is taken for granted by the staff. This does not go for all refugee homes in Germany.

The film also shows that the home is a workplace for many, a fact not to be underestimated in a city like Berlin with a high unemployment rate. As with residency, jobs are temporary.

  • Anna Faroqhi & Haim Peretz, in collaboration with Mohammad Stas
  • Faroqhi Peretz Film Production
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    6 EUR
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  • Language:
    Arabic, German
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Distribution Information
  • Faroqhi Film Production
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Anna Faroqhi & Haim Peretz, in collaboration with Mohammad Stas

Mohammad Stas

Mohammad Stas was born in 1990 in Damaskus, Syria. He studied media at the University of Damaskus where he graduated with a Bachelor degree in 2013. After his studies, he worked for two years as a video editor, assistant director and camera operator in Syria, also with Najdat Anzour Film Company, Damaskus. In 2015 he left his home country. Today he lives at AWO Refugium Lichtenberg, an initial reception for refugees in Berlin. From April - August 2016 he participated in a film project by the artist couple Faroqhi & Peretz. Together, they shot the observatory documentary „Temporary Home“ - „Zuhause auf Zeit“, a film portrait of work processes in a refugee home. Stas has been attending German classes since May 2016.

Anna Faroqhi & Haim Peretz

Anna Faroqhi is a film author and illustrator from Berlin. She studied music at HdK Berlin, mathematics and physics at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and between 1994 and 1998 Film Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich.
Haim Peretz is a filmmaker of Jewish-Moroccan descent. He is self-educated, has studied space technology and has been working as a technician and frame maker in Berlin since 1994.

Faroqhi & Peretz have been collaborating since 2003. Together, they create films, curate exhibitions and give workshops for film and graphic novel at various Berlin schools and museums. The topics migration and lifelong learning are recurring themes in their work as well as are media critical approaches.

Faroqhi & Peretz’ works have been presented internationally. They are part of Arsenal Film Studio, the film education program of Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. Berlin. They also teach film at Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin.

Faroqhi, Peretz and Stas are currently working on a longterm multimedia biography project together with refugees in Berlin.

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Director Statement

You listen with you ears, and you listen in to daily life, (…) to the ordinary and average, to the drably unheroic. Viktor Klemperer, LTI Notebook of a Philologist