Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
March 24–29, 2020, Graz

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Paradies! Paradies!
Documentary Film, AT 2016, Farbe, 78 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2016

Director, Camera: Kurdwin Ayub
Cast: Omar Ayub und Familie
Editor: Nooran Talebi
Sounddesign: Rudolf Pototschnig
Additional Credits: Dramaturgie: Constantin Wulff
Producers: Rudi Takacs, Lixi Frank
Production: Takacs Filmproduktion

 

In 1991, Kurdwin Ayub and her family fled Iraq and came to Austria. Nearly twenty-five years later she accompanies her father on a journey back to his former homeland. While he contemplates staying there for good, Kurdwin and her cousins feel like foreigners: an intimate, at times bizarre and sobering generation portrait of rootedness and rootlessness as both the fate of an individual family, and a mass phenomenon of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.