English, German, Swahili, Arabic, French
Europe is in the grip of an “immigration crisis”: people from North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere are arriving in ever greater numbers as they flee war, oppression, and a lack of opportunity. Germany receives more asylum seekers than any other European country, but their welcome is less than warm. This timely and insightful film accompanies four migrants from varying backgrounds on their way through a temporary registration centre in Eisenhüttenstadt—a surreal place on the outskirts of nowhere. Their daily existence of uneasy boredom in a transitional home provides rare insight into the black box of asylum law and into a particular moment in Europe. More universally, it reveals the bureaucratic mechanisms that stand in contrast to the hopes of people around the world trying to make a better life. – Rachel Chanoff
about the author
Born in Marburg, Germany, in 1982, Benjamin Kahlmeyer studied philosophy and literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and went on to work at a number of production houses as a sound-mixer, production assistant and co-director. In 2005, he enrolled in the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, where he made a handful of fiction shorts and documentaries, including his first feature documentary, Meanwhile in Mamelodi. His debut was awarded numerous prizes at international film festivals. Amongst others: The HBO Emerging Artist Award at Hot Docs Toronto 2012. Currently, Benjamin is working as an independent director and author based in Berlin. The Invisibles is his first feature film that was accomplished outside the framework of the film university.
Filmography: Eisen (2015), The Invisibles(2014), Meanwhile in Mamelodi (2011), Between Rounds (2009).
Winner Bürgerpreis Nonfiktionale 2015, Max Ophüls Preis 2015, SiciliAmbiente FF 2015, dokKaKarlsruhe FF 2015, Margaret Mead FF New York 2015, Cinéma Excentris Montreal 2015