Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed, D 2020, 67 min, OmeU
The boat has sunk, people are floating in the sea. Only occasionally does the camera rise to the surface, as if to gasp for air – only to disappear again immediately. Because above the water there is no rescue waiting: the horizon is upside down, in permanent tilting motion, and the shore in sight could be the one where the escape began. It is quieter under water, the screams are muffled. The text spoken from the off, is constructed from fragments of memory and future visions of a woman who is a lover, a mother, a student – and survivor. The setting of ‘Purple Sea’ is the migration route across the Mediterranean. From here Amel Alzakout unfolds the pressing questions of testimony and omissions of the West. In the face of the humanitarian catastrophe, the offer the film makes is without a doubt disturbing. But we can also understand it as an act of trust and a reach for the outstretched hand!
GUESTS: AMEL ALZAKOUT, KHALED ABDULWAHED