In 2010, the director of “Skin“, Afraa Batous, and a group of young people in Aleppo works on the text “The Hamlet Machine” from 1977 by East-German writer Heiner Müller. In his play, Müller imagines the end of oppression – a revolution that also leads to destruction. Only one year later, the revolution in Syria breaks out. The huge similarity between “The Hamlet Machine” and what happened in Syria after 2011 pushed Afraa to go back to the people who were working with her on the play to see how they are dealing with the life that they had depicted in the play and that now became reality. The result is the film “Skin” – an intimate portrait of the different paths Batous’ friends from Aleppo took after 2011.
Awards: “Hans und Lea Grundig” 2017 “Jury Award” Malmo Arab Film Festival 2016
Event Guests: Afraa Batous and Lisa Jöris
Afraa Batouswas born in Aleppo, Syria. She graduated in English Literature in 2008 and is currently doing her Master in film directing at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Previously, she also worked in theater in Aleppo for five years.
Lisa Jörisholds degrees in political science and Arabic language studies. She is currently working on a research project at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient about how urban infrastructure in Aleppo shaped everyday life and social encounters before 2011. The disruption caused by the revolution, that Afraa Batous is portraying in her film on many levels, is very present in her research, too: When you do day-to-day things as opening up the tap and there is no water coming anymore.