2017 CounterCurrent Festival presents Stories of Refuge
Follow the story of three Syrian refugees who fled the war in Syria to seek refuge in Munich, Germany. One was injured during a demonstration in Syria and fled the country on a boat that sunk at sea, killing half of its passengers. Another walked from Syria to Turkey with children in hand, while their young relative was battling cancer with no access to clean water. The third was smuggled in a truck filled with chewing gum. All of them paid enormous sums of money to smugglers who cared nothing for their lives.
Tania El Khoury (Dictaphone Group) and Petra Serhal met with these three refugees in Munich, gave each of them a discreet camera, and asked them to film a day in their life in the refugee camp. El Khoury’s interviews with these refugees about their journeys serve as the soundscape over the footage they created. The installation is outfitted with the audience watching these films in bunk beds like those used in refugee camps, a utilitarian aesthetic in the most intimate of spaces.