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Cabuwazi Beyond Borders - Circus with children and young people from refugee families

In the summer of 2015 thousands of refugees arrive in Berlin. Amongst them are many children. Behind them lie long and, in some cases, difficult journeys. Friends and family are gone, everything is different, everything foreign.

For Berlin based child and youth circus Cabuwazi it is immediately clear that something must be done.

An independent team named "Cabuwazi Beyond Borders" is established and travels directly to the refugee centres. The children and young people longingly await their circus classes.

The climax of the 3 month long course is the final circus show in a real life circus tent.

Short film by:
Gertrud Schulte Westenberg
D 2016 | 30 min. | Original with Subtitels


The film was running on several international film festivals:

  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Selection, India) December 24, 2016
  • 1st ASWAN INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Competition Section, Egypt) February 20, 2017
  • 27th MEDIAWAVE ANOTHER CONNECTION INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
    (Online Competition, Hungary) March 1, 2017
  • 6th ANNUAL WORKERS UNITE FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Selection, New York, USA) May 5, 2017
  • 4th SILOE FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Selection, Italy) July 20, 2017
  • 31st WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Selection, Kenwood, California, USA) Sept. 22-24, 2017
  • 1st GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Selection, Pune, India) September 23, 2017
  • 15th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Selection, Wichita, KS, USA) October 12, 2017
  • 10th TANGIER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    (Official Selection, Morocco) November 28, 2017
  • 31st SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY FILM AND MEDIA
    (Official Selection, Washington DC USA) November 29, 2017





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Görlitzer Park - a haven for drug dealers!

In an interview Monika Herrmann, district mayor of Berlin-Kreuzberg, talks about her plans of having cannabis grown and sold in a coffee shop by employees of the district authority - as one option for doing something against the growing illegal trade in marijuana.

Local residents also have an opinion about the drug problem and tell us about their experiences in the park!

Report by:
Gertrud Schulte Westenberg and M. Lutz
Germany 2013/2015





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Greenpeace

Our cameraman Sergio shot footage for Greenpeace to draw attention to the planned and controversial exploratory oil drilling by Shell in the Arctic.

Greenpeace activists in inflatable boats are pursuing Shell's chartered Arctic icebreaker "Nordica" near the islands of Fehmarn and Rügen.

The "Nordica" left Helsinki in May 2012 to support two ships in drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska.

Report by:
GreenpeaceDE, Camera: Sergio Gazzera
Germany 2013/2015