Cabuwazi Beyond Borders

A Film by Gertrud Schulte Westenberg

Synopsis

In the summer of 2015 thousands of refugees arrive in Berlin. Amongst them are many children. Behind them lie long and, in some cases, difficult journeys. Friends and family are gone, everything is different, everything foreign. For Berlin based child and youth circus Cabuwazi it is immediately clear that something must be done. An independent team named “Cabuwazi Beyond Borders” is established and travels directly to the refugee centres. The children and young people longingly await their circus classes. One young man from Tempelhof is so enthusiastic that he himself wants to become a trainer. The climax of the 3 month long course is the final circus show in a real life circus tent.

Director

  • Picture of Gertrud Schulte Westenberg © Gertrud Schulte Westenberg

    Gertrud Schulte Westenberg

    Gertrud Schulte Westenberg, born in Lower Saxony near the Dutch border, studied educational science in Bielefeld and economics in Berlin. She became involved with filmmaking in 2009 by her acquaintance with a director from Munich and has been working as a producer ever since. She has directed the documentary “Rent Rebels”, shown around the world, with Matthias Coers, as well as being the director of two shorts, “Dragon Circle” and “Cabuwazi Beyond Borders”. She is currently working on a new film about gentrification.

Awards + Festivals

  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 1st ASWAN INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition Section, Egypt)February 20, 2017
  • 27th MEDIAWAVE ANOTHER CONNECTION INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Online Competition, Hungary)March 1, 2017
  • 6th ANNUAL WORKERS UNITE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)May 5, 2017
  • 4th SILOE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)July 20, 2017
  • *PEACE & CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING PRIZE*
    31st WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glen Ellen, CA, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 3rd ANOTHER INDEPENDENT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 1st GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)September 23, 2017
  • 10th TANGIER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Morocco)September 26, 2017
  • 15th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, KS, USA)October 12, 2017
  • 31st SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY FILM AND MEDIA FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Washington DC, USA)November 29, 2017

Crew

Director
Gertrud Schulte Westenberg
Script
Gertrud Schulte Westenberg
Producer
Gertrud Schulte Westenberg, filmfabrik
Director of Photography
Tom Rotsching
Sound
Achim Burkhart, Misha Bours, Sven Jensen-Brakelmann
Editor
Mirja Gerle
Sound Design
Andi Bukelini
Music
fischer
Song „Dindongdilly"
Alexa Rodrian, bagbeater & fischer singer: Alexa Rodrian

Details

Running Time
30 mins
Shooting Format
HD 1080p25 in ProResHQ
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo, 48khz

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

filmfabrik
Berlin, Germany

www.filmfabrik.org