Documentary, Germany, 2011, DigiBeta
About six hundred Afghans have been living in a makeshift camp for ten years, waiting for their applications for asylum to be granted by Greece or any other European country. Cardboard boxes, plastic and metal sheeting are the materials that make up their improvised shelters. The camp has a mosque and a TV room. On 12 July 2009, the Greek government demolished the camp without a thought to what will become of the refugees. Immigrants without an identity or a voice (the film director doesn’t record a single conversation), but with a face. A groundbreaking Greek documentary on immigration,
populism and racism on Greek soil. Khaima=tent (in dari, one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan).
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1967, he studied photography at the New School for Social Research and at Parsons School of Design (New York), video and media art at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, and, finally, film direction at the “Konrad Wolf” University of Film and Television in Potsdam. He teaches film at the HFF Film School, Potsdam.
*Screening along with The Forrest. €5 ticket includes both films.