For four days, all OUT OF PLACE filmmakers from both countries, their mentors Bettina Blümner, Suha Arraf and Uli Gaulke and producer Osnat Trabelsi came together in Tel Aviv to discuss filmmaking and activism.


All filmmakers took part in an inspiring workshop on how to keep the passion for filmmaking and at the same time break down complex content by acclaimed filmmaker Doron Tsabari. They learnt how to use filmmaking for social change by experienced campaign experts like Nicole Hod Stroh and Yoni Blasbag from ANU-Making Change.


Directors and project partners enjoyed an OUT OF PLACE screening of the film THOSE WHO JUMP, which deals with stream of migration into the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Morocco. The film was shown during the Docaviv festival, which was held in Tel Aviv at the same time and functions as a partner festival to OUT OF PLACE. After the projection of the film, OUT OF PLACE filmmakers happily enquired director Moritz Sibert about his and co-director Estephan Wagner’s approach to bring un-experienced African refugee Abou Bakar Sidibé to the crew and to use his footage in order to create a strong documentary about the hardships of African migrants trying to reach Europe.


In an industry pitching, the ten OUT OF PLACE projects presented themselves to a panel consisting of this year’s Docaviv-winning documentary filmmaker Tali Shemesh (for DEATH IN THE TERMINAL), acclaimed director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (THE LAW IN THESE PARTS) and independent film consultant Claudia Landsberger (BaseWorx For Film). All projects received feedback for the progress they have made so far and suggestions on how to continue with structuring their seven minute films.


For better insight into the situation of migrants and refugees in Israel, the group were invited to participate in a learning tour provided by ASSAF, Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel in South Tel Aviv. After being presented important facts and numbers on the legal reality of people trying to immigrate to Israel, the filmmakers took a walk around the area of the Central Bus Station and the neighborhood of Nave Sha’anan and the Levinsky garden with its free library.


Find more impressions of the seminar following this link.