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EIN GRAB AN DER GRENZE (A Grave at the Border) 2023


This film is an intimate account of war, Isis, flight and refuge by Syrian refugee Rose Alkhaled, a unique female voice. Filmed in a small town in Germany, this atmospheric short immerses the viewer in the world of Rose’s memories that surface at night, when everyone is asleep. Rose tells her story through emotive sculptures made out of newspaper and performance of her poetry. Night-time imagery is underscored by a clarinet composition, written and performed for this project.

While Rose’s story is deeply personal, this film is also universal as it tells the story of millions of women who were forced to flee their homeland. Rose’s fate is shared by many in today’s world.

Director Maren Hahnfeld’s films North of Eden and Winter in Eden were screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan, editor Alex Barratt’s feature London Symphony was nominated for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and All the Colours of the World by composers Shrubshall and Kett will be screened at the Berlinale 2023. 



Maren Hahnfeld was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. She is an artist filmmaker, senior lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts and currently completing a practice-based PhD at CREAM, University of Westminster. Maren’s projects have been produced with the help of research grants and screened at film festivals and photo exhibitions internationally.


Her work explores the lives of marginal communities through personal narratives that reflect social or political change and address issues of identity, home and memory. Maren’s current research is exploring the lives of refugees in small communities in Germany.

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