Tetescha Us - She is crossing Borders

The animated film Tetescha Us proceeds from a double aporia: the fact that neutral representations of the Middle East conflict raise unrealistic expectations and the impossibility of presenting them as intact narratives. The starting point is a comic workshop which filmmaker Stefanie Wuschitz organized in the Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. Palestinian girls aged 11 to 13 draw their visions of a different reality in which fish and butterflies, mermen and mermaids can marry. The drawings reflect their experiences with social exclusion resulting from the strict ethnic and religious fragmentation in Lebanon. Wuschitz avoids stereotypical representations of refugees and camps by drawing a few lines on a white background to portray the protagonists and settings of her video footage, adding audio recordings and text inserts afterward. The resulting degree of abstraction excludes patterns of reception and playfully establishes new webs of symbolic meaning. For a few seconds tall buildings shoot from fine black lines in postwar Beirut, and party scenes are formed immediately thereafter. Political opponents fight their battles on television screens. Fleeting tableaus, sounds and isolated statements build in intensity and overlap. The voices of refugees from Beddawi fade away in this new Lebanon at an invisible sound barrier. Four hundred thousand have waited to return since Israel was founded in 1948.
An NGO employee says that girls are again being married off at extremely young ages these days. Do neo-patriarchal orders reflect fading hopes? At the film´s conclusion Wuschitz doesn´t let the images crumble; instead people rise above themselves. They climb onto buildings and cliffs and, similar to a fragment of dialogue – "Marry or jump?" – they have already decided.
(Gunnar Landsgesell)
Translation: Steve Wilder

Trailer
Orig. Title
Tetescha Us - She is crossing Borders
Year
2006
Countries
Austria, Lebanon
Duration
9 min
Category
Animation/Cartoon
Orig. Language
english
Downloads
Tetescha Us (Image)
Tetescha Us (Image)
Tetescha Us (Image)
Credits
Director
Stefanie Wuschitz
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2006
Ljubiljana Animateka - Int. Animation Film Festival
Paris - Festival des Cinemas Differents Collectif Jeune Cinema
2007
Wien - Tricky Women / Animationsfilmfestival
Stolac (BIH) - Artfestival
San Diego Women's Film Festival
San Francisco - ATA Film & Video Festival
Beirut - Int. Documentary Film Festival
Bonn Videonale
Iowa City - ICDOCS, Int. Documentary Festival (Runner-Up for the best of the festival)
2008
Hiroshima - Int. Animation Festival