Die Unterkunft | 2016 | 7 min. | Germany
This documentary short presents an intimate portrayal of Orly in her role at one of the largest and most well-known emergency shelters in Berlin, highlighting the way in which the traditional boundaries between life and work, religious beliefs, and even languages are fluid and take on a new transparency in the emergency shelter.
It all started when...Kate Blackmore, Ellen Lapper, Ursula Sommer, and Maren Wickwire are pursuing their Masters in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. While originally from a wide range of places (Sydney, London, New York, and Chicago and Germany, respectively) as well as having experience in disparate fields, they are bound together by their mutual vested interest in using the moving image for social change. To this end, they would like to thank the Freie Universität Berlin for bringing them together and for providing them with the workshop in which they initially made The Accommodation.
During this workshop, they were asked to make a documentary short about migration. Upon visiting an emergency shelter for initial research, they met Orly, a 19 year old volunteer. She exuded energy and openness. When it came to light that she worked at the shelter 5 days a week, the group became very interested in her motivations for spending so much of her time there and decided that learning about the current wave of migration to Germany through speaking with Orly might shed some light onto a perspective that hadn’t yet been heard.
Director: Kate Blackmore, Ellen Lapper, Ursula Sommer, and Maren Wickwire
Editing: Kate Blackmore, Ellen Lapper, Ursula Sommer, and Maren Wickwire
DOP: Kate Blackmore, Ellen Lapper, Ursula Sommer, and Maren Wickwire