DIRECTOR(S): Eloy Domínguez Serén   COUNTRIES: Sweden, Germany, Norway   YEAR: 2018   LANGUAGE(S): Hassaniya, Arabic, Spanish   SUBTITLES: English   RUNNING TIME: 90 min

SECTION: International Forum 2019


Friday, 04.10., 2.15 pm, kommkino
Tuesday, 08.10., 8.00 pm, kommkino, Q&A with Eloy Domínguez Serén


A minefield and the second largest military wall in the world separate Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher from their homeland that they only know from their parents’ stories. They belong to the Sahrawis, one of the world’s most forgotten people, abandoned in a refugee camp in the middle of the desert ever since Morocco drove them out of Western Sahara forty years ago.
With vitality and humor, HAMADA is the unusual portrait of a group of young friends living in a refugee camp in the stony Saharan desert. They spend their days fixing cars, even though they can’t really take them anywhere, fighting for political change and dreaming of a future that most likely will never happen. With all the expectations, strengths and illusions of being young they all find different ways to expand beyond the physical borders that surround them.

Eloy Domínguez Serén

Eloy Domínguez Serén was born in 1985 in Simes (Galicia). He studied in Salamanca, Milano and Barcelona, where he graduated in 2010. Before debuting as a filmmaker, he worked as a film critic for both radio and press, becoming a member of the Youth Jury at 67th Biennale di Venezia in 2010. In 2017, his new project Hamada was selected at the Doc Station of Berlinale and it won two awards at the Doc Outlook of Visions du Réel. Moreover, he received an invitation to participate at Berlinale Talents 2017. Hamada premiered at IDFA 2018 and has been awarded at Cinéma du Réel, Gijón International Film Festival, Tempo or Porto/Post/Doc. Along with that project, he is currently working on The Darker it Gets, a Swedish production shot in the Arctic Circle.


Pettring (2013), I den nya himlen (2014), Jet Lag (2014), No Cow on the Ice (2015), Yellow Brick Road (2015), Rust (2016), Hamada (2018)

PRODUCERS: David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski   CAMERA: Eloy Domínguez Serén   EDITORS: Ana Pfaff, Eloy Domínguez Serén   MUSIC: CAST: Zaara Mohamed Saleh, Sidahmek Salek, Taher Mulay Zain

PRODUCTION: Momento Film   WORLD SALES: Hanne Biermann, Deckert Distribution