Freedom of Movement

Germany, Italy
2018 — 29 min / Colour



Evoking the Olympic marathon in Rome 1960 in which Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won Africa’s first gold medal, running barefoot and becoming a sporting legend and symbol of an Africa freeing itself from colonialism in the process, the artists have re-contextualised this amidst Rome’s controversial rationalist architecture a new race involving refugees and immigrants staking a claim to 'freedom of movement'.

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Director Biography

Based in Berlin, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani are visual artists and filmmakers who have been working together since 1995. From 2007 until 2010 they have been Associate Professors for Film and Media Art at Sapporo City University, Japan. Since 2015 Nina Fischer is Professor for Experimental Film and Media Art at Uninversity of the Arts, Berlin. International art exhibitions and film festivals they have participated in include Berlinale - International Filmfestival Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Istanbul Film Festival, Sydney Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Media City Seoul Biennale, Aichi Triennale, and solo exhibitions e.g. at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art Hiroshima, K21 - Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Maxxi Museum, Rome.


Maroan el Sani

Nina Fischer


Nina Fischer


Maroan el Sani

Johannes Praus


Jan-Peter Gieseking


Nina Fischer


Bernhard Köpke

Screenings & Awards

IFFR Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2019
Jury award for Best European Short Film

IndieLisboa, Portugal, 2020

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria IFF, Spain, 2019

PÖFF, Tallinn, Estonia , Estonia, 2019


Studio Fischer & el Sani
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