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Cleveland International Film Festival: Macondo
March 25, 2015 @ 9:20 am - 11:00 am
The Cleveland Council on World Affairs is a community partner of this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. Our partner film Macondo describes life of a refugee through the eyes of a Chechenyan boy living in Austria.
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:15 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 9:20 AM
Use the promo code “CCWA” to get $2 off your tickets! Click here to learn more, to watch the trailer, and to buy tickets.
About the Film:
Eleven-year-old Ramasan has a lot of responsibility. In traditional Chechen society, he would be the man of the house, in charge of his mother and two younger sisters. Yet he now lives in Macondo, a multicultural neighborhood in gritty industrial Vienna. Ramasan speaks German better than his mother Aminat, and he interprets between her and welfare officials. The family fled Chechnya after the death of Ramasan’s father, and they’re trying to make do in this foreign society. Ramasan’s world is disrupted anew when Isa, his father’s war buddy, moves into their housing complex. Isa pays his respects to Aminat and gives Ramasan his dead father’s watch. While his interest in his father is revived, Ramasan rejects Isa’s influence on his mother. Meanwhile, he’s becoming involved with a band of older boys who lure him into trouble. A passionate film that rests on the slight shoulders of its protagonist, Macondo shows us life through the eyes of a refugee boy.
About the director:
Sudabeh Mortezai was born in Germany, the daughter of Iranian immigrants. She grew up in Tehran and Vienna and studied theater, film, and media in Vienna. She also has a certificate in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment Media from UCLA.