ALIAS

Documentary Film

Awards: Max-Ophüls-Preis 2009 (Best Documentary), City of Munich 2010 (Starter Film Prize), Monterrey International Film Festival 2010 (Best International Documentary, Best International Feature Film - Audience Award), Expresión en Corte IFF (Best Feature Documentary), Kinofest Lünen 2009 (Schülerfilmpreis 16+)

Festivals: World Film Festival Montréal, Visions du Réel Nyon, German Film Festival London, German Film Festival Dublin

Writer/Director: Jens Junker
Co-produced by: King Khalil/40°Film/University of Television and Film Munich

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone” – an Apostle of the New Apostolic Church lays a young married couple’s conflict to rest with this quotation from the Bible. Afterwards, nothing is ever said about the woman’s adultery. And so a young boy grows up in a deceptive idyll together with his family and his brothers and sisters in faith, firmly anchored in the ideologies of a petit-bourgeois, religious environment. He never really registers the fact that his appearance is unusual for a German. In his early twenties, he argues fiercely with his father, who reveals the supposed truth of his son’s origins in a rage. The family emerges as a structure of hypocrisy, its members as silent guardians of shared knowledge – not only that of his identity. Roaming his childhood haunts in Castrop-Rauxel, a small industrial town, and on subsequent travels to Lebanon he encounters strange familiars, and finally a familiar stranger.