Al Baseer – The Blind Ferryman
Spring Grants 2021 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
The blind ferryman Ayoub lives in the southern Iraqi marshes. He knows how to find his way around despite his lack of eyesight, earning his money by ferrying people and goods around the wetlands. In the evenings, he often enjoys drinks with his friends, talking about the mysteries of life until late into the night. One of these evenings, they are attacked by a group of religious radicals. Trying to escape, Ayoub is lost for the very first time in his life. He is rescued by a mysterious woman who disrupts his very existence. Captivated by her, his life revolves more and more around their secret encounters. Yet nobody believes him when he talks about her, and rumours start to spread that he has lost his mind. When even his friends start to distance themselves, Ayoub’s self-doubt grows until he no longer knows what is reality and what is imagination.
- Ali Al-Fatlawi
- Ali Al-Fatlawi, Joël Jent
About the Director
Ali Al-Fatlawi is an artist born in Baghdad, who works in various fields. He makes sculptures, writes poems and plays, works as an actor and is a member of the Iraqi Writers’ Union. From 1990 to 1994, he attended the University of the Arts in Iraq until the political situation forced him to leave his home. After an odyssey, Ali Al-Fatlawi reached Switzerland in 1997 and continued his artistic education at the F + F School for Art and Media Design in Zurich, where he graduated in 2002. In 2007, Ali started working as a picture designer (color grading and color correction) at Andromeda Film AG, but also carried out his own projects. In addition to his film work, Ali Al-Fatlawi tours through numerous countries with his performance art and has already received several awards for his work.
Production Company Profile
Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion develops, produces and sells films that are primarily concerned with aspects of cross-culture, politics and society: feature and documentary films that have the meeting of various cultures as their theme. Dschoint Ventschr works consistently on the continuing development of a modern cinematic pictorial language and utilises the creative possibilities of new technologies.