30.09. - 09.10.2021

Poetry of Resilience USA 2012 | 53 min | OV | Colour and B&W | FF 2012

Katja Esson

Katja Esson (*1966) grew up in Hamburg and studied in Miami. Her documentary Ferry Tale (2003) was nominated for an Oscar. Poetry of Resilience was in the short list for this year‘s Cinema for Peace Award as best documentary.

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They are poets and have survived some of the worst catastrophes of the 20th century: Hiroshima, the Holocaust, the Cultural Revolution, the genocide against the Kurds in Iraq and the Tutsis in Rwanda and the persecution in the wake of the revolution in Iran. With great sensitivity and often with fine wit, the film looks at the past and present of six men and women. For them, language is a tool of survival, remembering and resistance and a manifestation of humanity, even in the most inhuman conditions. Poetry of Resilience is a cheering documentation of the power of words and those who write and read them.
Original title: Poetry of Resilience
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Katja Esson
Screenplay: Katja Esson
Producer: Jan Warner, Katja Esson; Corinna Sager; Alison Granucci; Sabine Schenk
Director of Photography: Martina Radwan, Caspar Stracke, Ferne Pearlstein
Music: Eriv v. Hachikian
Production Design:
Editor: Susanne Schiebler
Sound: 0
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Format: DigiBeta (NTSC)
German Distributor:
World Sales: women make movies
Production: Penelope Pictures Inc.


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