A PROJECT BY LOLA ARIAS AND THE OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE / IN ARABIC, GERMAN AND ENGLISH
Director: Lola Arias
You flee from one country and end up in another. When you arrive, you have no passport, no photos, no papers, no documents whatsoever that can prove who you are and why you fled. You only have your body and your story. The Geneva Refugee Convention of 1951 states that every person persecuted in their home country has a right to asylum. The most crucial part of the asylum procedure is an interview conducted by a civil servant, with a translator and the applicant, behind closed doors. The credibility of the applicant is judged by his/her words and gestures, and each word is recorded in writing, like a miniature chamber play. Will you say that they want to hear? What gestures, pauses or emotions will determine your fate? How do you tell someone a credible story, who only knows your country from Google maps?
“What They Want to Hear” is based on the story of a Syrian man who has been stuck in the clutches of bureaucracy without any status for four years. During a period when borders are being shut, ut is a project that has arisen in collaboration between Syrian and German actors, activists and refugees.
With German, Arabic and English surtitles.
Supported by Refugio München.