Purple Sea

a film by Khaled Abdulwahed , Amel Alzakout

Purple Sea

Germany | 2020 | 67:00 min

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Documentary Experimental
“I see everything,” she says, as if it was a curse. Brilliant sunshine, clear blue skies. The sea is calm, framed by a piece of railing. Buzzing voices. A peaceful moment if it weren’t for the fact that the sea is standing upright, vertical, like a waterfall. A rush of images, twirling, upside down, jolting. People in the boat, in the water, screams, life jackets, emergency whistles. Fluorescent orange, geometrical shapes cast by the sun.
There’s no horizon any more, no sky, no up or down, only deepness and nothing to hold on to. Even Eme’s flow comes to a halt, contracting into the brutal present. She is filming and speaking. To him, to herself, to us, perhaps. Floating legs in sweat pants, jeans, thronged together. A blouse with butterflies, it looks like their wings are flapping in the water. The snake-like belt of a coat, a crumpled-up plastic cup, a pack of cigarettes. Fuck you all! She speaks, she rages, and she films to beat being tired, being cold, the fact that help isn’t coming. To beat dying, just for something to remain.
51 Visions du Réel 'online edition'
17 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg -
FFHH20 - Filmfest Hamburg
IDFA — Paradocs

nominated for GRIMME Prize
nominated for VFF Documentary Film Production Award — 36 DOK.fest Munich
Cast and Crew
  • Director Khaled Abdulwahed , Amel Alzakout
  • Editor Philip Scheffner
  • Sound Design Simon Bastian
Original Languages


Production Company
pong film GmbH
Skalitzer Str. 62, 10997 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 61076098

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