Here and there

A documentary by Bettina Renner.

Haris is fifteen years old. He was born in Dresden and grew up with a self-concept of being german. But now, during puberty, Haris not only discovers girls, but also his otherness, as he says: His bosnian roots. He explores what part of him is bosnian and constructs his own identity.

Haris's older sister, Adisa, was seven years old when she and her mother and brother Farouk had to flee Bosnia in 1992 and came to Dresden. When she was as old as Haris today, she tried to take away everything from Bosnia to adapt herself to her new home. Only very few people around her know that Adisa was once a refugee. She feels at home in Saxony, Dresden. It is her home.

The documentary Here and There tells the story of the teenager Haris and his family. The film tells about the growing-up of a boy and pursues an universal, fundamental question of life: What is identity? How do we construct our identity? What influence does the outside have on self-attribution? What do we find inside? How do we discover ourselves? Haris gets into arguments with his sisters. They both stand for the image of a modern woman - but he has a completely different role model on his mind. How does he come up with these thoughts?

Our film narrates an individual family history and gives a very far-reaching and personal perspective on the on the socio-political issue of escape.

Available in streaming at the following providers:
The short version WAS HEIßT HIER HEIMAT? (twice 30 minutes) is currently available in the Mediathek of MDR.

Additional information:
Length: 90 minutes
Written and directed by: Bettina Renner
Cinematography: Roman Schlaack
Editing: Laia Prat, Katharina Schmidt
Editorial staff (MDR): Susanne Sturm, Martin Hübner
Funded by MDM, NWR Media Foundation, City of Dresden
Cinema distribution: Farbfilm, Alexandre Dupont-Geisselmann.

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