Ink of Yam

a film by Tom Fröhlich

Ink of Yam

Germany | 2017 | 75:00 min

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A bomb hits. The windows vibrate – and a few minutes later, the needle starts humming again. In a city full of conflict, Poko Chaim and Daniel Bulitchev, two Russian tattoo artists, have created a place where there are no walls. Here, they eternalize the stories of the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the ink beneath the skin connects them all. A glance at their tattoos sheds a whole new light on the heart of the Holy City – it’s inhabitants.
The studio is open to everyone, regardless of nationality, religion or the color of skin. The conversations, which take place under painful circumstances, often resemble confessions, the customers offer intimate insights into their lives in this controversial city, their beliefs and their fears in this continuous conflict which makes up their everyday lives. There are moments when Poko and Daniel are almost like psychologists and artists at the same time. To escape the constant sound of the needle, they take us to special places in the city, to the sea in Tel Aviv and on big Harleys into the mountains surrounding Jerusalem.
Best Student Film - Hessian Film Award
33 DOK.fest Munich
Astra Film Festvial
11 Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International
Moscow Jewish Film Festival
Jewish Motifs International Film Festival
Best Foreign Documentary - Firenze Film Festival
Sose International Film Festival Jerewan
10 Tallahassee Film Festival

Cast and Crew
  • Director Tom Fröhlich
  • Director of Photography Christoph Bockisch
  • Protagonist Poko Haim, Daniel Bulitchev
  • Editor Emil Rosenberger
  • Score Adrian Portia
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