New collection of art films and videos on the topic of “Refugee”
The open call for 2016 has the deadline 21 December 2015

There are currently more than 60 millions of refugees on the globe, people who left their home country in order to escape war, persecution and murder, but also poverty and the lack of any perspectives.

People in Europe speak currently of the “refugee crisis”, as if the streams of refugees would come by coincidence. In fact, Europe and the old European colonial superpowers , eg Great Britain and France, and on a smaller scale Spain and Portgal prepared the fertile soil for all current conflicts, wars and civil wars in Middle East, Asia and Africa. When the colonial powers left the stage, after World War II other imperial powers – like USA and Sovjetunion – were replacing them and continued again the powergames at the expenses of the local people anywhere. They were feeding the current local Islam dominated powers in Middle East and their main tool to maintain and expand power, the terrorism. In the current “crisis”, Europe – meanwhile shrinked to a nearly irrelevant regional power – is taking the position of a silent observer with fatal effects.

It is said, the refugee crises would be the biggest since World War II, but the transmigration of people does not represent a new phenomenon in the history of human civilization, it is even like that, that the phenomenon of transmigration was always initiating a new era, a renewal and an important step forward to a next level of human civilization.

But the open call would like to get down to the human dimensions, since the refugees are human individuals who are forced to leave their home countries in order to get shelter, protection and perspectives for survival elsewhere. Do or did they find the “promissed land” – temporarily or for sure?

Artists and video makers are invited to submit and spotlight this human dimension and the diversity of reasons and motivations to become a refugee.

List of selected artists (to be completed)

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Shatila-Lost Island, 2016, 20:00
Paolo Bandinu Italy) – No Country, 2015, 2: 21
Aline Biasutto (France) – The Sirens Chant, 2013, 11’02
Inês von Bonhorst (Portugal) – “Impetus”, 2013, 7.29
Quentin Bruno & Clé Hunnigan (Belgium)- Lost in the Jungle, 2015, 6:42
RC Campos (Ruy Cézar Campos Figueiredo)(Brazil) – Throwtogetherness, 2014, 00:03:49
Cristobal Catalan (Spain) – Res Nullius, 2014, 3:46
Zlatko Cosic (Bosnia) – South Slavic Requiem, 2015, 6:00
Manuel Granados (Spain) – Dancing Man, 2015, 1′ 07″
Stephan Groß (Germany) – “Love in the time of the EU”, 2014, 5:57
Farid Hamedi (Rohina) (Iran) – The Smoke and the Dream, 2015, 13:24
Samantha Harvey (UK) – Borderline_, 2015 , 2:46
Beate Hecher/Markus Keim (Austria) – Mare Mediterraneum, 2015, 9:00
Paul Heintz (France) – Nearer to You, 2014, 3:06
Prapat Jiwarangsan (Thailand) – The Asylum (Dok-Rak), 2015, 9.20
Panagiotis Kalos (Greece) – Gasping for Air, 2015, 1:36
Anni Kaltsidou (Greece) – The Refugees, 2015, 2:48
Fenia Kotsopoulou (Greece) – Borderline, 2015, 3:06
Anna Knappe (Norway) – Three Ways to Escape – Mohajer, I (Amir), 2012, 07:08
Anna Knappe (Norway) – Three Ways to Escape – Mohajer, II (Reza), 2012, 05:57
Anna Knappe (Norway) – Three Ways to Escape – Mohajer, III (Hadi), 2012, 03:41
Mariken Kramer (Norway) – “Patterns of Inclusion”, 2013, 9:36
Hermes Mangialardo (Italy) – Frontiers, 2011, 2:40
Miss Muffett aka Lisa Seidenberg (USA) – Flight, 2015, 3:51
Brigitte Neufeldt (Germany) – Paulos, 2015, 45:00
Marc Neys (Belgium) – 35°30″ 35′ N, 12° 36″ 0′ E, 2014, 03:48
Pekka Niskanen (Finland) – Laoufi, in Konnunsuo detention unit, 2015, 10:00
Nelton Pellenz (Brazil) – Atlantic – Atlântico, 2015, 08’08”
William Peña Vega (Colombia) – Unknown Street / Calle Desconocida, 2006, 7min 15 sec
Maciej Piatek (Poland) – Love in the age of the EU / United Kingdom /2014, 2,25
Rrose Present (Spain) – ODE Europe II, 2014 , 03:12
Mauricio Saenz (Mexico) – Flight simulator, 2014, 4:17
Ausin Sainz (Spain) – Land, 2015, 3:52
Ayelet Salter (Israel)- Vermeer in The West Bank
Gabriele Stellbaum (Germany) – Song of Myself, 2015, 1:54
George Symeonidis, Artemis Stathakou (Greece) – “Refugee”, 2015, 04:08
Jan Szewczyk (Poland) – Day of Rage, 2011, 02:58
Karin Till (Australia) – Walk The Talk, 2015, 2: 46
Theodoris Trampas (Greece) – Scorched Earth, 2015, 14:53
Aliénor Vallet (France) – Chronicle of the 6th reach, 2013, 7min
Parya Vatankhah (Iran/France) – Not Read, 2014, 5:14

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