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Festival Film Screening: Buoyancy

Wed 13 | 14:00 - 16:00 | HAU1

In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

Rodd Rathjen, Australien, 2019, 93 min.
© Rafael Winer

15-year-old Chakra leads an exhausting life. He and his family work in the rice fields of Cambodia. When a friend tells Chakra about the possibility of earning money in a factory, the boy sets off alone. But he soon falls into the clutches of human traffickers and is sold into slave labour. The captain’s regime is both cruel and arbitrary on the Thai fishing boat he is forced to work on. Violence, torture and even murder quickly become the order of the day and Chakra realises that his only hope is to get rid of his persecutors. Talents alumnus Rodd Rathjen’s first feature film is a brutal yet realistic depiction of the situation for Cambodian forced labourers. His film is a passion- ate testimony against social injustice and a touching coming-of-age story about a boy whose humanity is severely tested.

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Rodd Rathjen

Born in Colbinabbin, a small town in central Victoria, Australia, in 1981, Rodd Rathjen graduated with an honours degree in film and television from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010. His short film TAU SERU, which he directed in India, premiered in the Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013; it went on to screen at over 50 festivals worldwide and won a number of international awards. In 2014, he participated at Berlinale Talents. BUOYANCY is his debut feature film.
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Pola Hahn

While earning her degree in Cultural Studies and Political Science in Tübingen, Buenos Aires and Berlin, Pola Hahn began working for the Spanish and Latin American film festival CINELATINO in Southern Germany in 2010; two years later she became Festival Coordinator. After writing her thesis on the representation of migration in Latin American documentaries, she joined the women’s rights film festival Women’s Worlds and joined the Berlinale Talents team in 2016.