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Documentary: Purple Sea

Team:
Directors: Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed (Syria)
Producers: Ines Meier (Germany), Khaled Abdulwahed (Syria)

Title: Purple Sea
Genre: Documentary
Length: 90 min

Logline:
I lie on my back beneath the water’s surface. The Mediterranean Sea is purple. I see reflections of sunlight, feel the water in every pore. I’m not afraid anymore.

Jury statement:
For a compelling approach to an urgent topic, for a poetic treatment of a shocking story with unique footage and a rare perspective, for a documentary that touchingly brings out the mundane in a discourse so very often reduced to the abstract and sensational, for a project that sheds light on the absurdities of little things in the grand discourse of flight and displacement and a film that promises to add a valuable dimension to a discussion where it seems that everything has been already said. And in appreciation of the personal strength which this project demands of its team members the jury awarded this project. 

The team

© David Ausserhofer, Berlinale Talents 2018
Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed, Ines Meier