Vienna in times of political polarisation. The cinematic satire â€˜Kreuzpunktâ€™ (Crossing Point) tells of the interwoven relationships of a group of people in a city in which right-wing discourses have become normal.
â€œI am Austrian and this gives me the right to be a burden. The country has to endure meâ€, Khalil states. At the centre of the feature film â€˜Kreuzpunktâ€™ (Crossing Point) is the generational conflict and the hate/love relationship between him and his father. They are two of five protagonists on their daily search for identity and stability.
Abdullah came to Vienna as a filmmaker decades ago â€“ and became a father overnight. Khalil struggles with this father for the painful truth and, at the same, time for a much desired closeness. Claudia has given up real-estate brokering to visit people in their apartments. Stefan is an ordinary right-wing extremist, not particularly a dream of a son-in-law, but also not unlikeable. Jasmina, on the other hand, carries her ideology before her and her interpersonal relationships inside. Together with the above, the film explores the â€˜crossing pointsâ€™ that allow the protagonists to approach and strengthen one another.
In the weeks following filmâ€™s screening, I.DIRECT, together with the Counselling Office Extremism, offer workshops on the topic of â€˜the centreâ€™s extremisms and ideologies of inequality" which are aimed at adolescents and young adults in particular. In this context, the workshop participants will reflect on right-wing extremism, terrorism warnings, security discourses, and solidary counter-strategies in everyday life.
I.DIRECT-collective: Basem Saifo, Myassa Kraitt, Abdolelah Farhoud
Project authors: Basem Saifo, Myassa Kraitt
Idea: Widad Hamdan
Script, Director, Editor and Translation: Basem Saifo
Assistant director: Sallar Othman
Production: Magdalena Ly
Production asisstant: Julia StÃ¶ckl
Cinematography: Caspar Thiel, Binsar Pandjaitan
Ton: Mohamad Humam Samakeh
Light: Klaus Track
Costume: Abdolelah Farhoud
Cast: Abdolelah Farhoud (Abdullah), Johnny Mhanna (Khalil), Jakob Oberschlick (Stefan), Monica Anna Cammerlander (Claudia), Lisa Nemec (Jasmina), Stefan Bergmann (Narrator)
Concept: Myassa Kraitt
Consulting: Myassa Kraitt, Natasa Mackuljak,
Proofreading: Myassa Kraitt
Event language(s): German, Arabic
Cooperation partners: Counselling Office Extremism, VHS Jugendcollege, Club Turn
Photo credits key visual: Caspar Thiel
I.DIRECT Collective in a panel talk with Christa Markom (Cultural and Social Anthropologist), Fabian Reicher (Club Turn) and an adolescent staff member of Turn, Verein fÃ¼r Gewalt- und ExtremismusprÃ¤vention