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Tripoli Cancelled

The modern migrant experience as expressed through one man’s struggle to survive, trapped in an abandoned airport for a decade.


Dir-Scr Naeem Mohaiemen
Prod Maria-Thalia Carras, Naeem Mohaiemen
With Vassilis Koukalani
Greece-Germany- UK
UK Distribution LUX Distribution

Acclaimed as one of the must-see works of documenta 14, this is a haunting metaphorical take on the physical and mental isolation of the migrant experience. Inspired by the director’s father’s experience of being trapped in Greece’s Ellinikon Airport without a passport in 1977, the film follows a week in the life of a man who has been living in limbo at an airport for a decade. All promises of movement are ultimately met with stasis in this profound evocation of our epoch of desperate migration.

Benjamin Cook

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Naeem Mohaiemen, Director; Vassilis Koukalani, Cast

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Short film

Disintegration 93-96

Dir Miko Revereza. USA 2017. 5min

An essay film about the Filipino American undocumented experience, retracing connections between 1990s home movie nostalgia, post-colonial identity and the disintegration of traditional family models.

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Total running time 100min

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