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International Short and Medium-Length Competition

Remains from the Desert Sebastian Mez

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In grainy black and white, two textures play off each other: that of arid, rocky ground and that of a bruised and gnarled body. The ground is in an African desert. The body belongs to Osman, an Eritrean refugee who left his country on foot and wound up imprisoned in a torture camp in the Sinai. Over stark shots of the terrain he crossed, he recounts his survival, his confusion, his torturers. Osman remains anonymous, the camera focusing on his hands, scars and burns. Sebastian Mez’s superb minimalist images serve the simple story and give it breathing room. The result is a portrait in equal measures powerful and terrifying, matter-of-factly, respectfully confronting us with the cruel realities of migrant life.

Remains from the Desert

  • Country : Germany
  • Year : 2016
  • V.O : Tigrinya
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 21 MIN
  • Cinematography : Sebastian Mez
  • Editing : Sebastian Mez
  • Production : Sebastian Mez
  • Sound Design : Sebastian Mez

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