Brian Karp in collaboration with
Dongjoo Seo, Céline Burnand, Yoonha Kim
and Olivier llouquet as part of a visual anthropological class work for Freie
This documentary portrait provides an impression of the mindscape of a refugee from Sudan and the stark cultural contrast with a small village in Lower Saxony. The experimental character of the editing is meant to emphasize the sensory emotional world. This portrait was created in collaboration with Dongjoo Seo, Céline Burnand, Yoonha Kim and Olivier llouquet as a visual anthropological work.
This work is a portrait of a Sudanese refugee deployed in a small village near Hamburg for resettlement by the German government. Although he came to the safe land after going through various hardships, he has no document to guarantee his identity and to permit freedom to move. Trapped and disoriented in a strange place and suspended in time, he spends days writing his life story and practicing a rapping skill, dreaming of becoming a musician someday.
This film focuses on the person’s unique traits and personal stories instead of a big argument to deal with the critical social issue of the present age. Combining a journalistic approach with the experiment on its visual representation, this story explores the multi-layered expressions of the inner and outer landscapes of the protagonist to reflect on the relationship between the body, place, and time, alterity, an irony of the institutional system, and the shape of hope.