Ayham Ahmad – The Pianist of Yarmouk
Arabic, English, German | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Stephan Boerger, Michael Boomers
Distribution: Accentus Music GmbH
Editing: Dirk Seliger
Music: Ayham Ahmad
Producer: Anca-Monica Pandelea, Paul Smaczny
Sound: Johannes Doberenz, Christoph Wonneberger
Production: Accentus Music GmbH
Categories :FIFA Grand Panorama
When civil war erupts in Syria in 2011, Ayham Ahmad—who was born in the Yarmouk refugee camp of Palestinians in southern Damascus—refuses to leave his childhood home. Surrounded by ruins, he resists the only way he can: by singing, accompanied by an out-of-tune piano, about migration, hunger, and death. Threatened by Assad’s regime and jihadists of the Islamic State, the musician is silenced and must flee—to Germany. After his arrival in Munich in 2016, we follow the life of a man who sang out against the suffering in his country until his instrument was destroyed. His fate stands for that of thousands—robbed of their hopes and dreams and forced to build a new existence.
Günter Alten found his way into film through music. After leaving school, he apprenticed with and later joined a renowned Mannheim recording studio. While studying musicology, psychology and economics at the universities of Oldenburg and Berlin, he made a number of short films. After an internship with EuroArts Music in Berlin, he directed his first full-length documentary, Sexo Puro – The Spanish Composer Maria de Alvear (1999). Since then, he has written and directed many documentaries, some of which have won awards, including Soulscapes – The Choreographer Uwe Scholz (2007), Die Thomaner and The Lost Paradise – Arvo Pärt / Robert Wilson (2015).”
Filmography | Maestras – The Long Journey Of Women To The Podium (2016) ; The Lost Paradise – Arvo Pärt | Robert Wilson (2015) ; Classical Music For Everyone? (2014) ; Amarcord – The Book of Madrigals (2013) ; Sounds of the Sidewalk (2012/2013) ; Die Thomaner – A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir (2010 – 2012).
Carmen Elena Belaschk
Carmen Belaschk studied Audio Engineering at the SAE Berlin, before gaining experience in radio and television alongside her further studies of ‘Music Journalism for Radio and Multimedia’ at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. Early on in her career, she discovered her passion for documentary films with a cultural focus, which has led to her own projects in this field. For her first self-produced documentary, The Sound of Ghana (2012), she filmed alone in Ghana for the duration of two and a half months. Since her final degree, Carmen Belaschk supports the Accentus Music Team as a Junior Producer as well as author and director for Accentus-releases.
Filmography | Connected (2016) ; Vincenco Bellini: Norma (2015) ; Classical music for everyone? (2014) ; Satiesfictions - Promenades with Erik Satie (2014) ; Zhang Yimou's "You and Me" (2014) ; Sounds of the Sidewalk (2012-2013) ; The St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig in earliest film documents (2012) ; The Sound of Ghana (2012).
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Screenings playing this movie
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle principale
Screening # 40
UQAM - Salle Jean-Claude Lauzon
Screening # 78