Nowhere in Europe / Kein Ort

country, year

Germany/Poland, 2009



running time


directed by

Kerstin Nickig


Chechen, Russian




Director Kerstin Nickig accomplished a vivid and exemplary portrayal of the fate of Chechen refugees on different stops throughout Europe. With great sensitivity, her documentary project conveys dismal images of a war-torn nation that is left without any hope at home and thus in search of a new place in Europe

about the author

Kerstin Nickig was born in 1971 in Duisburg/Rheinhausen (Germany). In years 2006-2007 seh was working as a project manager of the Documentary Human Rights Film Festivals “Nationality: human” in the South Caucasus, based in the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Tbilisi (Georgia). Since 2004 she is living and working in Berlin as a freelance documentary filmmaker, founder and board member of the production company “time prints” in Berlin Since 2001 she is a project Manager for the NGO “Upsala e.V.” that runs a circus project for street children in St. Petersburg/Russia. She achieved additional studies in film direction at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam/Germany and the National Film School in Lodz/Poland. Awards: Co-Production Price, Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2008; Competition: “Mein Leben in Sicherheit”, 3sat/ DOK Leipzig, 2008; Best Short Film/ City of Prague Award at One-Word-Film Festival 2006 in Prague; FIPRESCI Award of the International Film Critics at Krakow Film Festival 2006; Special Mention, Krakow Film Festival 2006; First German Short Films Award at the Short Film Festival in Ludwigsburg in 2005.

festivals, awards

Pravo Ljudski Sarajevo 2010 (Best Documentary); Watch Docs Warsaw 2010 (Special Mention); Special Commendation, Kategorie TV Iris, Pix Europa, Berlin 2010; DOK Leipzig 2009, Visions du Reel 2010, GoEast 2010, Verzio FF Budapest 2010, Document 8 Glasgow 2010, This Human World Vienna 2010, Movies that Matter Amsterdam 2011, One World Prague 2011, Paris International Film Festival on Human Rights 2011, Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Kyiv 2011