Idomeni by David Aronowitsch will have its world premiere at Göteborg Film Festival and is competing in the Nordic Documentary Competition. Only two months later Always Amber by Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen will have its national premiere as the opening film at Tempo dokumentärfestival. Both films have been nominated for the Tempo Documentary Award.
In March 2016, over 10,000 people were trapped in a camp outside the small Greek border village of Idomeni. The border had been closed to all people fleeing. Nadia and Nawaf had one objective, to get to Germany, to where their eldest son already arrived. They stayed with their six other children in several different camps in Greece. Yasir’s wife was an ISIS-prisoner. And many in Yasir’s family had been brutally killed by ISIS when they attacked the Yazidis in Iraq. Filmmaker David Aronowitsch has previously done, among other things the documentary I Am Dublin and the animated short documentaries Hidden, Slaves and Sharaf. The film’s cinematographer is Pia Lehto who both work with documentaries and fiction. The documentary film Idomeni depicts the children and adults’ parallel lives in the various camps, the seemingly quiet moments along the way to a new life.
Amber is a 17-year-old teen. Together with best friend Sebastian, the two queer youngsters share a world far away from the judging eyes of society. When they are together, anything feels possible. We get to hang out with Amber and Sebastian during this identity building period, when they share everything from dreams and parties to new friendships. But when Amber falls in love with Charlie, something starts to challenge their utopian world. Trust issues begin to emerge, and in the midst of it all Amber has to face going through their transition alone. In Always Amber, we get a unique insight into a new generation.
January 20, 2020