Having 'arrived', so many refugees still sit and wait in the
camps of Europe. They mourn the loss of family, the destruction of
their homeland and the erosion of their identities. They grapple
every day with the complex bureaucracy and the often hopeless
realities of resettlement. A proud people reduced to the indignity
of not being able to provide for themselves, whilst seeking shelter
in a continent which they believed would welcome them, but whose
growing populist politics inflame an anti-refugee sentiment that
vilifies their very pursuit for safety.
'Ebrahim' is an immersive portrait of an 18 year old refugee
trapped in such a reality. Separated from his mother and siblings
in war-torn Syria and attempting to reach his father in Germany,
Ebrahim carries a weight on his shoulders that no-one so young
should have to bear.
15 months in the camp and facing indefinite detention, the
camera quietly observes as melancholy, frustration and weariness
begin to undermine the hope which motivated his fraught journey-
that his family will one day reunite within the safety of
Living so close, yet feeling so removed from the refugee crisis
in Europe, I was interested in documenting the situation in a more
intimate way than the often alarmist, broad and dehumanising
reports I'd see which were covering it.
Although I would hear so much about the situation in general,
especially in the beginning, I never felt I got a sense of who the
people were who were going through this ordeal or properly
understood the profound decisions that these people were being
forced to make.
The situation having moved predominantly away from the initial
emergency phase, when the immediate danger was so apparent and
'newsworthy' (the perilous journeys people were making on boats
etc), the situation seemed to get far less attention now that those
headline grabbing events were happening less.
Surviving the journey to Europe is by no means the end of the
story, but the beginning of a different, and no less pressing phase
- one of great struggle and plagued by an existential uncertainty
that is hard to imagine unless one is personally confronted by
Already pre-selected for a number of leading international film
festivals, I am looking to raise the last $3000 of the film's
budget to invest in post-production expenses so the film can be
properly prepared for screening (having the film professionally
sound mixed and creating the deliverables for film festivals). Any
support you can offer the project would be greatly appreciated.
New-Zealand born but currently residing in Berlin, Elliott is an
actor, touring musician and filmmaker. Focusing mainly on narrative
short films and music videos for the first part of his career, he
has recently moved toward documentary filmmaking of an immersive
and cinematic nature. 'Ebrahim' will be Elliott's first documentary