From September 2001 to April 2002 Nan and Nancy along with other Latin American women worked for the asbestos company “Branch,” cleaning the luxury apartments, offices, and banks of Manhattan in the hermetically sealed zone of Ground Zero. The women had neither residence permits nor work permits in the USA, and their dust masks had no filter for asbestos.
At the PedWest border crossing in Tijuana refugees perform their stories. They play asbestos workers, American soldiers, Red Cross staff, and firefighters. Migrants from Guatemala and Venezuela and Mexicans who were deported from the USA to Tijuana: they are all stuck at the border due to the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
AHORITA FRAMES moves the stories of the asbestos workers from New York in 2001 across the border to Tijuana in 2019, thus reconfiguring the political cartography of power relations. The film not only describes the devaluation of migrant women, but also a system of cultural symbolism and its colonial narrative. (Angelika Levi)
Production Kristina Konrad. Production companies weltfilm (Berlin, Germany), celestefilm (Berlin, Germany). Director Angelika Levi. Cinematography Angelika Levi. Editing Angelika Levi. Music Udo Moll. Sound design Erik Mischijew. Sound Hadeer El Mahdawy, Lisa Riedner. Costumes Nancy Torres Geoninatti. Production manager Jan Lemitz. Co-producer Angelika Levi. With Nancy Torres Geoninatti (Cleaning Lady 1), Talia Ocampo (Cleaning Lady 2), Carla Lozano (Cleaning Lady 3), Lisa Riedner (Cleaning Lady 4), Hadeer El Mahdawy (Psicosis), Teo Peo (Rey Misterio), Jhonaikel Vielma (Mil Masqueras), Nancy Jancovich (singing woman), Jorge (El Santo), Luis Ramirez (Military), Hector Ramirez (Military), Jhehovany Aries (Red Cross), Jhonaikel Vielma (Firefighter).
Angelika Levi, born in 1961, studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb) from 1985 to 1991. Her work has been shown at international film festivals, in cinemas and exhibitions. MY LIFE PART 2, her first feature length documentary, won several awards and had its premiere at the Berlinale Forum in 2003. CHILDREN OF SRIKANI premiered in the Berlinale Panorama in 2012 and won several awards. MIETE ESSEN SEELE AUF was shown in the exhibition "Wohnungsfrage" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2015. Apart from her directorial work, Levi is also an editor and dramaturg and a guest lecturer at various media and art schools.
Films: 1984: Ariel (with Lilly Grote, 15 min.). 1987: Sexparty (10 min.). 1988: Faust aufs Auge / Punch on the eye (with Antje Schäfer, 5 Min.). 1989: Auf gehts. Aber wohin? / Off we go. But Where? (20 min.). 1991: Das kleine Objekt a / The little object a (30 min.). 1994: Desireé & Polylepis (9 min.). 1995: Freunde / Friends (3 min.). 2003: Mein Leben Teil 2 / My life part 2 (90 min., Forum 2003). 2004: Hay que gastar dinero / You have to spend money. 2010: Absent Present (85 min.). 2012: Anak Anak Srikandi / Children of Srikandi (with The Children of Srikandi Collective, 75 min.). 2016: Miete Essen Seele Auf / Rent Eats The Soul (with Christoph Dreher, 54 min.). 2021: Ahorita Frames.