Under the name of Bijlmerbajes Bios, a team of five former refugees from Syria and Iran are planning a monthly film evening in the Bijlmerbajes from 24 January to 4 February 2018. They are showing the refugees who have been sheltered there and the inhabitants from the neighborhood. Each edition features the team in collaboration with EYE, IDFA, IFFR and the Fantastic Children’s Film Festival. During this second IFFR edition of Bijlmerbajes Bios, Tanna is featured on the program, a special film that cast high eyes on IFFR 2016.
Tanna is a beautifully film with similar plot as Romeo and Julia story, by Australian documentaries Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, who delivered their first ever film. They stayed on the island of Tanna for seven months, in one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific who consciously uphold the traditional way of life. Together they developed the scenario, based on a true 1987 event.
In an island in the South Pacific, in love with ancient practices, tensions rise high when Wawa and Dain, the grandson of the chief, fall in love. Do they choose for their love or for the system of the tribe? A biting drama about the need for change and the desire to break the chain of violence.
Filmmaker Martin Butler was present at IFFR 2016 and will relate about his time at Tanna and making the film there.
Bijlmerbajes Bios team chose Tanna because it is a universal love story where people from all walks of life and backgrounds can recognize. “The fact that all actors are local comrades, and no professional actors, make this film extra engaging and realistic,” said the organisers.
Since the summer of 2016, a part of the former Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam has been converted into refugee shelters. There are now 600 refugees living there. The Bijlmerbajes Bios can be found every month either – like this month – outside of Lola Lik. Solar World Cinema, initiator of the project, will show these movie shows on location with their mobile cinema. IFFR Traveling Cinema and IFFR will organize film shows in several Dutch neighborhoods.