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Original version with English subtitles
Zoni Weisz hid his memories as though they were behind locked cabinet doors. Behind some doors there are beautiful moments, behind others only agony and grief. They range from a childhood in a wagon to the deportation of his family to Auschwitz to doubts about his own identity. Over the years, Zoni learned how to deal with these memories. The animated short film shows a process that was painful but inevitable.
Hamze Bytyçi is media and theatre pedagogue, director, performer and member of the International Romani Film Commission. He was born in Prizren, Kosovo. In 2005 he finished the Acting School in Freiburg and moved to Berlin in 2006 after a one-year theatre engagement in Zurich, Swiss. He performs among others at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and Ballhaus Naunyenstraße. Since 2012, he is the chairman of the association RomaTrial, where he works as artistic director of several formats: In 2017 he initiated the AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film, in 2018 he was co-curator of the First Roma Biennale COME OUT NOW! In his own live shows Hilton 437, he brings up social and political topics as deportations from Germany or the discrimination of the Roma minority. In youth projects like Radio Çorel or the Balkan Onions international summer film school, he supports young Roma people to find their own artistic expression. Since 2016, he is member of the Berlin board of the party Die Linke.
Director: Hamze Bytyci
Script: Damian James Le Bas
Drawing: Gabi Jiménez
Narration: Zoni Weisz
Animation: Caspar Schleicher
Music: Ferenc Snétberger
Production: Caspar Schleicher, RomaTrial
THURSDAY, 18:00, with Q&A with the team