A seahorse swims upright in the water and can’t sink. Part of the human brain is named after it, the hippocampus, which is Latin for seahorse. This is where memories are stored. When Hanan, a young Yazidi woman, crosses the Mediterranean with her family in a small rubber dinghy, she can’t swim. The blue water and her fear of drowning are indelibly etched in her memory. To overcome her fears, she learns to swim. But in the swimming pool, she is still plagued by dark images …
Nele Dehnenkamp, born 1989, works as a freelance documentary film-maker in Berlin. She studied social sciences in Berlin and New York City and is currently completing a film directing degree at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg with her first feature-length documentary. Her short films have been screened at numerous festivals, including IDFA, DOK Leipzig and Filmfest Dresden.
Films by Nele Dehnenkamp
We Will Survive 2018