November 18, 2016

Theater im Aufbau Haus, Berlin

Colorado Velcu moves from Faţa Luncii in Romania to Berlin with his seven children. In the film And-Ek Ghes…, he becomes the director of his story. Filmmaker Philip Scheffner’s plan to document the family’s arrival transforms into a boisterous family project: cameras are passed around, the perspectives multiply.

And-Ek Ghes… negotiates the human right to one’s own story, the art of narration.

The film portrays the arrival, everyday life and organizational modes of a family spread across many borders. Systematic marginalization and existential fears prevail in this everyday life just as much as a strong sense of humor and solidarity. Reflections over the process of filming are core elements of the production; the boundaries between the documenter and the documented become blurred.

Following the screening, the two directors will talk about recording stories, new and old threads and how they are tied together with Nanna Heidenreich, curator of the Soundtracks series, and Eva Ruth Wemme, translator and author of the book Meine 7000 Nachbarn (My 7,000 Neighbors) about her encounters with Romanian Romani in Berlin.

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