Scene from the film Beyond Borders – Stories of Freedom & Friendship
Scene from the film Beyond Borders – Stories of Freedom & Friendship
Scene from the film Beyond Borders – Stories of Freedom & Friendship
Scene from the film Beyond Borders – Stories of Freedom & Friendship
Scene from the film Beyond Borders – Stories of Freedom & Friendship
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Beyond Borders – Stories of Freedom & Friendship

  • Germany

How do we go about making films for children fleeing wars and crises? What can such films accomplish? What inspiration can the cinema give these children for their future? Can film work relieve suffering or even provide hope? A group of 7 young filmmakers from Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Colombia and Iran were selected to tackle these questions.

The initial ideas have led to the creation of seven outstanding cinematic concepts, each of which reflects a deep understanding for and addresses in its own highly unique way the needs of the refugee children – with genres ranging from short feature films and documentaries to animated productions. Each of these films examines a different aspect of life without a home or without a family, without friends, or even without familiar toys – and ostensibly without a future either. These short films offer a glimpse of a brighter future. One film opens a window to a more colourful world, another conveys the notion that a loss is guaranteed to be followed by a renewed sense of hope while others give the refugee children the necessary tools to regain their courage, acquire greater self-awareness and express themselves more freely. The seven short features were woven into an episode film, adding documentary material from Lebanon, Jordan and Greece. In this way, the wishes and dreams of the children reflected in the episodes meet with a reality that appears timeless, without denying them a future. This creates a near-poetic melancholy that is repeatedly broken up by the energy of the children – an energy that knows no bounds the world over.


  • Original Title
    Beyond borders – Stories of freedom & friendship
  • Direction
  • Runtime
    77 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2018
    • Jakarta Int. Humanitarian & Culture Awards, Indonesia 2018
    • Festival CoursCourts, France 2018
    • Busan International Short Film Festival, South Korea 2018
    • Filmfest Dresden, Germany 2018
    • Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic 2018
    • Jeunesse Tout Courts, France 2018
    • Cortoons Gandia, Spain 2018
    • Linoleum Festival of Contemporary Animation and Media Art, Ukraine 2018
    • Respect Human Right Film Festival, Ireland 2018
    • Imaginaria – International Animated Film Festival, Italy 2018 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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