Swimming in Gold

A Film by Thomas Pagliaro

Synopsis

Qassem and Abdullah were children when their family fled Afghanistan in the 1980s, to arrive in Iran as refugees. Now after 30 years and with families of their own, Qassem is risking it all for a brighter future and waits in a refugee camp in Berlin, Germany. Abdullah remains behind in Iran to struggle on, choosing his family’s safety over the uncertainty of going to Europe. Both Qassem and Abdullah put family first, as they balance their desire for safety with the hope of giving their children the opportunities they never had.

Director

  • Picture of Thomas Pagliaro © Thomas Pagliaro

    Thomas Pagliaro

    After studying Economics and Liberal Arts, Tom worked as a political lobbyist at Bespoke Approach where he advised multi-national corporations. After spending almost four years there, Tom decided to redirect his understanding of politics, business and the media into documentary film-making and moved from Australia to Berlin, Germany in 2015. His first production, ‘What has Bondi done to my brother?’ (2016), was a short documentary about his relationship with his older brother. Having travelled to over 60 countries, Tom thrives in unfamiliar surroundings. His diverse experiences, combined with his Italian and Lebanese migrant background, drives Tom to use storytelling to reflect and explore the world’s complexity and the choices people make in it. In Berlin he teachers English in German high-schools and is working on his project 'Emrah' is due for release in mid-2018.

Awards + Festivals

  • *SPECIAL JURY AWARD OF DOCUMENTARY FILM*
    1st BLUE DANUBE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)November 4, 2017
  • North Carolina Film Award (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • 3rd LANUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buenos Aires, Argentina)March 1, 2018
  • 15th INDY FILM FEST (Official Selection, Indianapolis, IN, USA)April 26, 2018
  • 2nd VISIONÄR FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)May 2, 2018
  • 13th HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NJ, USA)May 18, 2018
  • 3rd STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2018
  • 5th BUFFALO DREAMS FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buffalo, NY, USA)November 2, 2018

Crew

Director
Thomas Pagliaro
Screenplay
Thomas Pagliaro
Producer
Thomas Pagliaro & Morgan Wright
Director of Photography
Behnam Tajmir Riahi
Sound
Sourush Azizi
Editor
Morgan Wright
Sound Design
Liam Roche

Details

Running Time
12:47 min.
Shooting Format
Digital (1920x1080)
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

REPEATER PRODUCTIONS
Berlin office
Kottbusser Damm 22
c/o Bueno
Berlin 10967, Germany

Adelaide office
Morgan Wright
1/2 Hindmarsh Square
Adelaide 5000, Australia

morgan.repeater@gmail.com
http://www.repeaterproductions.com/

DIRECTOR

Thomas Pagliaro

thomas.pagliaro1@gmail.com