Master's Project 2019 – MA Serial Storytelling
In his quest for stability, an introverted young Syrian refugee gets in with the wrong crowd. His deep sense of loyalty and his urgent need to belong nearly cause him to be sent back to the war zone. But with the help of true friends he learns to act upon his own values and to stand up for himself, finding »home« within his true identity.
Dabbour (25), a Syrian refugee, feels out of place in Germany. Haunted by horrible memories of war and flight, he only finds solace in spending time with the pigeons on the streets. They remind him of the treasured flock of prized pigeons he had to leave behind. His childhood friend Yasser, who fled with him to Berlin, seems to have succeeded in finding a new home: he has joined a group of immigrants from their German language course. However, Yasser’s new friends make their living dealing drugs in Berlin subway stations. When police officer Anna starts to monitor the gang more closely, making their business-transactions difficult, Yasser tries to pressure Dabbour into joining the gang as well. He wants Dabbour to use his talents as a »pigeon whisperer« and get stray pigeons to transport drugs for them. Dabbour is forced to choose between his loyalty to his friend – and the promise of a new »family« – and his wish to become a righteous member of German society. For while this strange, rule-oriented country still feels extremely foreign to Dabbour, his budding love for his German language teacher Zara makes him want to work hard to stay in Germany. Dabbour decides to help Yasser and his friends – but only as a »one-time job«. The operation goes well, but when Dabbour tries to leave the gang, they tempt him to stay by offering him money. Unwittingly making the wrong choices again and again, Dabbour sinks further and further into the world of crime. Will love save him from being deported?
>> On the right you can find the pitch to Motaz Matar's master's project