Newsreel 4517 – Across the Water into Freedom

country, year
Slovenia, 2022


running time

directed by
Nika Autor

English, French


about the film
The film presents a portrait of Zied Abdellaoui who – seeking a better life – came to Austria through the Balkan route. He walked 4517km, experienced 26 illegal push-backs, several violent abuses and now redides without documents in Austria.

about the author
Nika Autor completed BA and MA studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and obtained PhD in Practice at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her work consists primarily of experimental videos and documentary films, film essays, photography, collages, drawings and spatial video installations. Nika Autor focuses on research of invisibilities/inaudibilities relating to to concealed subjectsof the past forgotten and the present silenced, in the form of production of particular images, specific constructions of collective memory and personal/oral narrative. Autor examines asylum and migration policy, workers’ rights and politics of memory. She has been a member of the collective Newsreel Front (Obzorniška Fronta), an informal circle of people engaged in the field of film theory and art practice.