Central Airport THF
Central Airport THF
Central Airport THF
Central Airport THF
Central Airport THF
Central Airport THF
Central Airport THF
Central Airport THF

Central Airport THF

Regular price $295.00
    • * 2018 Amnesty International Film Award *
    • Berlin Film Festival
    • CPH:DOX
    • Art of the Real (Film Society of Lincoln Center)
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest
    • Cinéma du Réel

“Countless documentaries have attempted to put a human face to the global refugee crisis but few have felt as compassionate and engaging as Karim Aïnouz's Central Airport THF.  [The film] is distinguished by its determination to accentuate the positive and find the good in what is happening.” - Screen International

“A rare observational documentary that recognizes the beauty of spatial forms without forgetting the individuals who inhabit those voids.” - Variety

  
Berlin's historic Tempelhof Airport, a place of transit amplified by Nazi dreams of grandeur, has been repurposed as Germany's largest emergency shelter for asylum seekers, mostly refugees from Syria. This distinguished portrait of a building and its transient inhabitants amounts to an essential study of compassion, and the institutional reconstitution of human lives.
This impeccably photographed documentary chronicles a year in the lives of asylum seekers in Berlin’s historic Tempelhof, a former airport expanded by the Nazi government as a symbol of Hitler’s Germania.  The irony of the situation is not lost on Aïnouz or his subjects.  Ibrahim, an 18-year-old from Syria, is studying German and waiting for his status to change from the uncertain “protected” category to the more secure “refugee.”  Qutaiba, a 35-year-old physiotherapist from Iraq who was forced to flee before completing medical school, is volunteering at the clinic as a translator.  The airport has become a city within a city, with box homes, spaces for the provision of healthcare, a barbershop, table tennis, and even a modest Christmas market.  The men and women who work in the shelter try to accord some dignity to the thousands of people in limbo there. 
Central Airport THF is a moving portrait of displaced people in transition, and its focus on the positive implies that Germany might be one of the few European countries generous enough to welcome them to a new home.

 

97 minutes - English, German and Arabic with English subtitles

Directed by: Karim Aïnouz
 
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