“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