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Central Airport THF PG13
Advisory: Some coarse languageDirector: Karim Ainouz
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2018
Duration: 97 minLanguage: In German, Arabic, Russian and English with English subtitles

Berlin’s historic defunct Tempelhof Airport remains a place of arrivals and departures. Today its massive hangars are used as one of Germany’s largest emergency shelters for asylum seekers, like 18-year-old Syrian student Ibrahim and Iraqi physiotherapist Qutaiba. As they adjust to a transitory daily life of social services interviews, German lessons and medical exams, they try to cope with homesickness and the anxiety of whether or not they will gain residency or be deported.

Central Airport THF won the Amnesty International Award when it premiered at the 2018 Berlinale. It then went on to compete at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival and Cinéma du Réel.