Nardjes A. is an Algerian activist and the protagonist of Karim Aïnouz's eponymous documentary. In it, he accompanies her for 24 hours on International Women’s Day in March 2019 - and captures a picture of a youth that is confidently taking to the streets for a democratic future for Algeria, the country for whose independence their parents and grandparents once fought.
Karim Aïnouz is a director, screenwriter and an artist. His film PRAIA DO FUTURO screened in the 2014 Berlinale Competition in 2014, while his documentary ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF was presented in Panorama in 2018 and won the Amnesty International Film Prize. A VIDA INVISÍVEL received the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes in 2019. He teaches screenwriting at the Brazilian institute Porto Iracema das Artes and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning actress, producer, humanitarian and dedicated member of the arts community. Her performances have garnered three BAFTAs, three SAG Awards, two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. She also serves as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Her upcoming drama series STATELESS, which she co-created and executive produced with her production company Dirty Films, examines issues of displacement in a dysfunctional immigration system and will have its world premiere at the 2020 Berlinale.
Florian Weghorn is the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents. Together with Christine Tröstrum, he heads the initiative and advises its seven international offshoots and its alumni network. He holds an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined Berlinale Generation in 2002, serving as co-director and curator from 2008 to 2014. Between 2012 and 2019, Florian was also a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.
When she was two, Maryam Zaree’s mother fled with her from Iran to Germany to escape political persecution. She studied acting at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She played the leading role in Burhan Qurbani’s SHAHADA, which screened in Berlinale Competition 2010. In 2018, Maryam received a Grimme Award for her performance in the series 4 BLOCKS. She also won the Best Writer award at the Heidelberger Stückemarkt theatre festival for her play “Kluge Gefühle”. BORN IN EVIN is her feature film debut.