orten [=to locate, to find a direction, to fix a position]
64 min, 2017
A film by Margit Schild
The search for a mooring place, stability, a home, and a space in which one can grow is a theme for people all over the world. Where is this place? And what could it be? If it is no longer one's place of birth, then what is it? The new landscape or the familiar one? Experiencing a sense of security or merely the absence of threats? Is home where family is or where friends are? Or is it the place brimming with possibilities and opportunities?
Westphalia is such a place of longing and destination, offering answers to these questions as well as a starting point for further quests. The film shares the stories of people who arrived here a long time ago or more recently and who, for various reasons, found something here. On the road in the region's cities and landscapes, they talk about their wishes and dreams, their efforts and worries, their notions of home and the chances they saw and seized. They talk about arriving and being at the right place exactly where they are.
In their concrete form, the landscapes and cities ORTEN traverses serve as a sounding board for the familiar: yet simultaneously, they are confusing and alienating and raise uncertainties and questions. They embody that which confronts newcomers upon arrival in an unknown country, for instance following a 7-day flight in a lorry. Nevertheless, they are also the origin and the material for further stories – a “blank piece of paper” for the new arrivals.
The selection of the itineraries ORTEN follows and the stories the film tells was made by a team of five persons who arrived in the region a long time ago and have found their place here:
Bernice Lysania Ekoula Akouala, born in Brazzaville, Dem. Rep. of Congo
Nana Hdrjan, born in Tilflis, Georgia
Pantea Keshavarzi, born in Shiraz, Iran
Emmanuel Peterson, born in Kumasi, Ghana
Ivan Zadyraka, born in Severodonetsk, Ukraine
Gad Osafo, Elvira Ajvasi, Kelvin Boakye (Serious Klein), Karin Herzog,
Winfried Nana Karkari (Winnie), Tsolig Aro, Rina Masu
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Flight and Migration. 14 People in a Portrait.
Filmmaker Margit Schild, Germany 2015.
Cinematographer: Jan-Malte Enning
The film uses artistic process to approach the life of people with a migration background.
The documentary film “Drifting” brings together individuals with refugee or migration fates through a process of artistic exchange. Migrants from Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Ghana, Hungary, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, as well as students with an uncertain residency status, come to speak. Furthermore, the son of a refugee from East Berlin and survivors of Pinochet’s regime report about their experiences and show what moves them. The film observes how pairs of participants improvise and jointly produce drawings on the wall and floor of a room in succession, sequentially answering each other’s drawings and in this way reporting on their experiences. These spontaneous images accompany the narrative; linked in the film, they open their own dramaturgy of changing perspectives.
Migrating Site 2011
Artistic transformation as a collective incident. A participatory video film project
Funded by the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and LWL Foundation
Elvira Hufschmid, Margit Schild, with Antje Havemann
Transformation by translation is the basic principle of this artistic project. Inhabitants of the Münsterland, a rural area in the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, are invited to create a video which is built by applying rules of a game like »Cadavre Exquis« or better known as »Chinese Whispers«. The participants take the lead for a four to five-minute episode of their habitat by describing their place of desire. The following person takes on the content of the predesessor´s sequence, before developing her or his own story. The final video shows ideas of a real place like the Münsterland by envisioning the absent places of desire.
Ivan Zadyraka, Pantea Keshavarzi Bernice Ekoula, Nana Hdrjan, Emmanuel Peterson
Fotos der Premiere am 19. November 2014 im Kino "Cinema", Warendorfer Str. 45, Münster
Director: Margit Schild
Concept: Margit Schild, Antje Havemann
Camera: Jan-Malte Enning
Editor: Margit Schild, Jan-Malte Enning
Production: Schild/Havemann GbR, Antje Havemann, Margit Schild
Initiative temporäre Kunsträume e.V.
Sound: Lukas Raber
Sound track & Composition: John Gürtler
Musicians: John Gürtler (prepared piano, bass clarinet, percussion)
Tomas Svensson: (drums and percussion)
Stephan Bleier: (double bass)
Sound Design & Sound Mixing: Oscar Stiebitz
Editing Consultant: Wiebke Hofmann
Dramaturgy Consultant: Nadja Hermann
Assistant: Alexandra Thöne
Cooperation Partners: Piratelove, Filmservice Münsterland
GGUA - Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft zur Unterstützung Asylsuchender e.V., Münster, Kino "Cinema"