persona non data

81:34 min I hd – dcp I d 2014

Fourteen people share their stories of fleeing from their native countries. By foot, on boats or with the help of escape agents, they were chased away by war, toxic gas, torture, fear and hunger.
Some are still kids, strong only through the courage of despair, led by their hopes and wishes.
Their personal stories of and experiences with their arrival in Hamburg, in the county of Pinneberg, in container camps, sleepless nights and the struggle with paperwork intertwine with a “banning space”, which subjects them to registration, restrictions and controls which are often a means to send them back either soon or sometimes even after decades.
In the film, the individual struggles are narrated in interviews whereas the “banning space” is visualized by the use of cinematic techniques.


Abdulla Mehmud, Heide Sanati, Moshen Rezai,
Isaka Lamond, Saeed Masud, Jusseff I.

Interviews with
Lina A., Sara Ahmadi, Ibrahimah Bah, Baktash,
Hosein H., Najib, Dunja Osman, Hosein R.,

Translation Sania Qaderi, Abdulla Mehmud

Direction, Camera, Editing Dorothea Carl
Dramaturgical Advice Elisabeth Rapp, Claudia Reiche

Production Sound Mix Andreas Lang, Nils Hartlef, Stefan Prehn
Sound Design Anders Lang
Sound Re-Recording Mix Roman Vehlken

Peter Imig Violin, E- E-Guitar
Jens Röhm E-Bass, Synthesizer

Mohajerat Moshen Rezai & Anders Lang

Editing Advice Anke Wiesenthal
Expert Advice Ute Krabbenhöft
Line Producer Nils Hartef

Title Design Herbert Müller
Color Grading Martin Heckmann
DCP Mastering Heckmann &Thiele

Supported by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH

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Festivals & Screenings:

Nordic Film Days Filmforum Lübeck I 29.10 at 10:45 pm
kommunales Kino Freiburg I 16.10.14
Festival des Libertés – Bruxelles I video library I from 15 October 2014
Forum interkulturelle Woche Elmshorn I 17.9.14
Metropolis Hamburg I 2.7.2014 at 7pm with the guests Heide Sanati (Flüchtlingszentrum Hamburg) and Abdulla Mehmud (Diakonie / Flüchtlingsforum Lübeck) I 4.7.14 at 5pm
Media Library I VISIONS DU REEL, 25 avril – 03 mai 2014
dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg I 10.4.2014 I 3001 Kino Hamburg