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Documentary at Film Festival "Max Ophüls Preis"

Jan 12, 2015

The documentary "Abdo" by filmmaker Jakob Gross and editor and researcher Annika Mayer from project B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context" will premiere at the film festival "Max Ophüls Preis" in Saarbrücken.

The film is nominated for the documentary film prize. It will be screened on January 20, 21, and 22 in Saarbrücken in original language (Arabic and English) with German subtitles. The award presentation will be on January 24.

ABDO is a coming of age documentary that portrays two years in the life of a young activist in Egypt. Ultras football fan, atheist and anarchist with a salafist family background - Abdo is a young man looking for his identity. His camera is his only certainty in a world that is upside down. With the Egyptian revolution as background the film focuses on an individual story as well as it captures the spirit of the time revealing conflicts that are being lived through young people around the world.

The documentary was shot by Jakob Gross and edited by Annika Mayer, both working for the film production company FinkFilms. Jakob Gross is associated member of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and Annika Mayer joined research project B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context" as a PhD candidate. Together with Roberta Mandoki they are currently realizing a transmedia project on Ageing in Urban South Asia supervised by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, chair of Visual and Media Anthropology.

The Max Ophüls Preis film festival takes place every year and supports young filmmakers who stand at the beginning of their career. It provides a platform to show and discuss full-length feature films, short films and documentary films by German-speaking filmmakers.

More information about the film screening at "Max Ophüls Preis" festival (in German)


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  • Film still from "Abdo"