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 & engaging as Karim Aïnouz's Central Airport THF.”  “Central Airport THF 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

 

The historic, Nazi-built Tempelhof Airport, famously defunct, is repurposed as Germany's largest emergency shelter for asylum seekers, arriving mostly from Syria. This distinguished, award-winning 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 chronicling a year in the lives of asylum seekers in Berlin’s historic Tempelhof, a former airport built by the Nazi government as a symbol for Hitler’s Germania. The irony is not lost on Aïnouz or his subjects—Ibrahim, an 18-year-old from Syria, and Qutaiba, a 35-year-old from Iraq who was forced to flee before he could graduate from medical school. Today, the airport has been repurposed into an emergency medical headquarters: an ad hoc village for those waiting to be deported or granted residency. Central Airport THF is a moving portrait of displaced people as well as a treatise on our malleable relationship to architecture. 

 

 

97 minutes - English, German and Arabic with English subtitles

Directed by: Karim Aïnouz
 
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