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TRACING ADDAI

TRACING ADDAI
© Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

A true story about a war and the tragic impact it has on the lives of three people.

In his early 20s, Addai leaves his entire life behind and moves to Syria to help victims of the civil war. At first he is assigned kitchen duty together with Ilias. Addai writes to his mother: “Don’t worry about me, I’m fine.” Two years later Addai’s mother receives a letter from prison. Ilias has been sentenced for terrorism by a German court. He wants to meet her and writes: “One thing you have to believe me, we went there with good intentions.”

TRACING ADDAI was a finalist for the 2018 Student Academy Awards.


Esther Niemeier is a director and producer working in both the UK and Germany. Her films as a director include: WALZ (short doc, 2007), STERNE (music video, 2016), SIMULANT (short, 2016), and TRACING ADDAI (animated doc, 2018), which is her graduation film from the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and was among the finalists for the 2018 Student Academy Awards®.
Genre Animation
Category Short, Documentary
Year of Production 2018
Director Esther Niemeier
Screenplay Esther Niemeier, Sarah-Christin Peter, Britta Strampe
Cinematography Omri Aloni
Animation Gregor Dashuber, Inês Gomes Ferreira, Anne Isensee, Jan Koester, Laurine Kotte, Sonja Rohleder, Deniz Zagali
Cast Kais Setti, Benito Bause
Producer Britta Strampe
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, in co-production with RBB
Length 30 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Tampere 2018, Sehsüchte 2018, kurz.film.spiele Konstanz 2018, Milan 2018, Krakow 2018, Int. Short Film Festival Hamburg 2018, Dok.fest München 2018, Shortynale Klosterneuburg 2018, Filmfest Weiterstadt 2018, Docaviv 2018, Telluride 2018, San Sebastián 2018, Cottbus 2018, La Roche-sur-Yon 2018, Animatou 2018, Festival of Animation Berlin 2018, FILMZ Festival des deutschen Kinos 2018, Hot Springs 2018, Telluride 2018, ZINEBI Bilbao 2018, Poitiers 2018, Bogoshorts 2018, Clermont-Ferrand 2019, Poitiers 2019, Premiers Plan Angers 2019, FIPADOC Biarritz 2019, Molodist Kyiv 2019
Awards Audience Award Tampere 2018, Best Production Sehsüchte 2018, Best Short Docaviv 2018, Audience Award Open Eyes Marburg 2018, Special Jury Prize Shortynale 2018, Prix Amnesty International France – International Short Films Poitiers 2018, Best Animation - Int. Competition Clermont-Ferrand 2019
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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