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Before the Waiting Room

Gabriel is an asylum seeker who lives in Cyprus, waiting for the Asylum Services to call him for an interview, and doesn't know if he will ever be called. Having fled Gambia, his story before his arrival is what puts an additional obstacle to his everyday life in uncertainty.

  • Yiannis Christidis
  • Audiovisual Representation Lab
  • Gibril Tamba
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Director Biography - Yiannis Christidis

Yiannis Christidis has studied Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean, holds an MSc in Sound Design from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Social Anthropology of Sound from Cyprus University of Technology. His research focuses on the cultural aspect of sound, its functionality in everyday life and the relationship between the listeners and their place. He has designed sound and music for audiovisual and radio productions, web applications, and theatrical activities.

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Director Statement

Sound is what attracts my attention, both academically and artistically. Audio and sonic storytelling can be both classic and contemporary, as long as the proper attention is given during the creation. In an image-centered era, my directing vue aims at the emergence of the power of sound through what we see in cinema. And when fair political statements are facilitated by this, then a small task of the art of fim-making, can potentially be accomplished.
'Before the Waiting Room' intends to make a desperate cry of an Asylum Seeker heard, as this proves to be extremely difficult in normal life. Overall, the film and the character intend to criticize the administrative dead-end where the already heavy drama of the refugees stop.