2017 Germany - Documentary for TV Currently in Production

Director: Elke Sasse
Audio: Pascal Capitolin
Format: STEREO
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Production: Berlin Producers Media


A film was viewed in a lecture hall in Austria’s capital Vienna on Tuesday that tells the story of refugees as they flee their countries and make their way to Germany - using only footage shot on their mobile phones, The Local reported.

The film "My Escape", which was directed by Elke Sasse and published on Deutsche Welle, starts with someone filming bombs being dropped on a city in Syria, as well as footage showing what normal life was like there before the war.

It then goes on to chart the different journeys made to Europe and eventually to Germany using only mobile phone footage taken by refugees on the way and interviews with refugees in Germany.

"We noticed that many refugees are using mobile phones to document the journey," the filmmakers said, adding that they asked people to send them their footage that they then pulled into a film.

When it was shown at a lecture hall in the University of Vienna, crowds started gathering hours before the screening and in the end over 600 people tried to cram into the 400 person hall.

The film is available in German, English and Arabic.