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a short film by Charlotte Rolfes.

2016 | 17 mins | Germany.

a deeply heartfelt work on the harsh reality of deportation.

Dave says:

From writer Fentje Hanke and director Charlotte Rolfes comes this deeply heartfelt work on the harsh reality of deportation.

Not that it begins that way, when respected translator Janosch (Lucas Prisor) finds his skills being called upon by the Port of Hamburg authorities to assist them in talking to a young African woman by the name of Ramiye (Karmela Shako); who in desperation has locked herself within the confines of the container ship that she made her way to Germany in and now when caught, threatens to kill herself with a knife, unless her demands are met. Only in order to get her out safely, Janosch's offer of help has far-reaching consequences.

With a publicity photo that all but gives the narrative game away, the ramifications of Janosch's actions are taking care of Ramiye's child, Simara. It's a situation that finds Janosch and his partner Sebastian (Dejan Bucin) becoming unexpected childminders in the middle of the night, with Janosch clearly unsure of just how to take care of a baby, unlike his boyfriend who takes to fatherhood, like a duck to water. Yet the child is not theirs, a legality that Janosch aims to correct by reuniting mother with child, only for Ramiye to face the most heart-wrenching decision of her life.

Poignantly showcasing the reality behind official facts and figures on those seeking refuge in a foreign country and in particular that of the implications for those with children, this ever so topical work pleads for compassion and humanity for those fleeing war-torn lands, all too often in fear of their very life. Beautifully shot and played by one and all, the result is an emotional short that cannot help but get you thinking about a situation that political leaders throughout the world seem unable to get their heads around, leaving those seeking sanctuary caught in the middle of their actions, or at times lack of them. A compelling work to put it mildly, including its all too moving close-of-play.

›› available as part of the NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE shorts compilation.
›› posted: Tuesday, 14th September, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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