Babuschka, wo sind die Gäste? / Babushka, where are the guests?

short documentary by Nicola Alice Hens worldsales: Gonella Productions France

short documentary by Nicola Alice Hens | worldsales: Gonella Productions France

Germany 2014. documentary. 15 min. s16mm for DCP
production: German Film- and Television Academy Berlin (dffb)
world sales: Gonella Productions International Sales, France

Synopsis

Fatima passionately works in “Café Zoo” for 10 years now, and brings some Senegalese hospitality in this genuine Berlin bar.

“I know, for German standards, I’m a really bad beer drawer. But I give my best.” Fatima passionately works in Berlin’s “Café Zoo” for 10 years now, and brings some Senegalese hospitality in this genuine German bar. The place has become her second home and her colleges – most of them immigrants as well – are the replacement for her family she left back in Africa. “Two or three days off, that’s too much for me!” she announces convincingly. Only on a quiet working day, she becomes impatient. A portrait of an energetic women, inspired by Alain Cavalier.

Awarded in the documentary section of 38 th  Festival for Films Crossing Borders (38. Grenzlandfilmtage) in Selb, Germany in 2015

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Directors Statement

“Teranga” is a Senegalese word that could be vaguely translated “hospitality”. Who has ever been in this West
African country knows: It is much much more. And the Senegalese are very proud of it. That “Teranga” could
ever be combined with traditional Germany pub culture, I would have never imagined. Fatima has convinced
me otherwise.

 

Technical Details
Germany, 2014, documentary, 15 min., color

shooting format: super 16mm (Kodak Vision 3)
screening format: DCP
frames per second: 24
aspect ratio: 1:1.66 (1:1.85 pillar box)
sound: Dolby 5.1
original language: German
subtitles available in English, French

 

Crew
director, cinematographer, editor: Nicola Alice Hens
dramaturgical consultant: Isabelle Casez
camera assistance Mariel Buquiero
sound / sound design: Tom Dittrich
sound mixing: Alex Leser
title design: Julien Escafit
music: UPPM
producer: Andreas Louis

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