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“I want to go back, but my brother is a ghost with no feet. I still dream of diamonds and blood. They see a black man, and think it’s a lion.”
Escape from my Eyes tells three short fables about Mayga from Mali, Elias from Ghana, and Abidal from Burkina Faso, using documentary images and imaginary fiction.
Where are they going now? The film was shot over the course of four months at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Felipe Bragança, then an artist in residence with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program, facilitated the creation of fictional and poetic images based on a number of interviews made with a group of war and political refugees who at the time were living in tents in a protest camp on Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg, Berlin. In the film, the men re-enact their own stories of escape and struggle, transposed to Berlin in the winter.
Felipe Bragança, born in 1980 in Rio de Janeiro, is a filmmaker and author whose films have been presented around the world in festivals like Oberhausen, Tampere, Rotterdam, Berlin, and at the Sharjah Art Biennial. In 2013, he was invited as guest artist for the DAAD – Artists-in-Berlin-Programm. He co-authored the script for the feature film Praia do Futuro by Karim Ainouz, which was in Competition at the Berlinale 2014. He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Filmography (excerpt): Fernando que ganhou um pássaro do mar (2013, with Helvécio Marins, Jr., Forum Expanded 2014), A Alegria (2010, with Marina Meliande), Escape of The Monkey Woman (2009, with Marina Meliande).
Production: Duas Mariola
Screenplay: Felipe Bragança
Associate producer: Eduardo Raccah
Cast: Mayga, Elias, Abidal
Running time: 33 min
Languages: German, English
Supported by DAAD.