Scene from the film Tell Me When...
Scene from the film Tell Me When...
Scene from the film Tell Me When...

Tell Me When...

  • Germany
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On their way to Europe, Opara from Nigeria, Shahbaz from Pakistan and Ilham from Morocco stranded in Melilla, a Spanish exclave on the North-African coast that is surrounded by a huge border fence. Waiting for their papers or their final deportation, they are trapped in this enclosed city and can do nothing but wait. The film captures this in limbo situation by radically focusing on their sense perception, their increasingly circular movements in this confined space, and their drowning in a sea of dead time.


  • Original Title
    Tell Me When...
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Steffen Köhn, Paola Calvo
  • Cinematography
    Paola Calvo
  • Sound
    Steffen Köhn
  • Runtime
    54 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Rencontres Internationales Paris, Berlin
    • Crossing Europe Festival Linz
    • Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival
    • Cinemigratorio Santander
    • World Film Festival Tartu 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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