VILLAGE LIFE 2018
In former times there was a tavern in every village, today they are vacant and are only occupied in the context of funerals.
The new production by werkgruppe2 VILLAGE LIFE (IM DORF) is shown in such taverns along the inner German border in Lower Saxony and Thuringia. Through it we are telling the story of Beate and Asan – a young couple who we have accompanied and interviewed over the course of two years. The young woman is a tavern owner’s daughter and has fallen in love with Asan, an underage Syrian refugee. Now the two are having their first child and will move back to the woman’s home village – the young man is ‘the first foreigner’ there.
What happens when a young refugee comes across such a family- and village-community which have come to terms with their disparity and their contradictories? Which memories of their own non-fleeing-history are triggered by the new family member? Which questions of identity, hospitality and faith in the future are suddenly asked anew?