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Alias
Scene from "Alias" (photo © Jens Junker)

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone” – an Apostle of the New Apostolic Church lays a young married couple’s conflict to rest with this quotation from the Bible. Afterwards, nothing is ever said about the woman’s adultery. And so a young boy grows up in a deceptive idyll together with his family and his brothers and sisters in faith, firmly anchored in the ideologies of a petit-bourgeois, religious environment. He never really registers the fact that his appearance is unusual for a German. In his early twenties, he argues fiercely with his father, who reveals the supposed truth of his son’s origins in a rage.

The family emerges as a structure of hypocrisy, its members as silent guardians of shared knowledge – not only that of his identity. Roaming his childhood haunts in Castrop-Rauxel, a small industrial town, and on subsequent travels to Lebanon he encounters strange familiars, and finally a familiar stranger.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Jens Junker
Screenplay Simone Schirmer
Cinematography Philip Haucke
André Bendocchi-Alves, Renata Salazar Ivancan, Claudia Enzmann
Dave King
Producers Philipp Worm, Tobias Walker, Jens Junker
Production Company Walker+Worm Film, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), 40°Filmproduktion/Munich, Twinpix Filmproduktion/Munich, Kingkhalil/Munich
Runtime 80 min
Format color
Language
 German/English/Arabic
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2009, Montreal 2009, Nyon 2010
Awards Best Documentary Saarbruecken 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
German Distributor Walker+Worm Film

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