“Document: Hoyerswerda| Frontex” tells the stories of four contract workers from Mozambique, who report their view of the racial attacks in Hoyerswerda in September 1991. Their stories were captured with the help of Waltraud Spill, a German woman who helped a lot of African co-workers deal with the daily life in the former GDR. The director read these stories, and edited archive footage from Hoyerswerda and surveillance footage from Frontex, where you can see how the arrests of refugees were recorded by a drone. The montage aims to make the viewer think of the last 23 years of the European asylum policy. Could the stories of the Mozambican contract workers also take place at the Greek-Turkish border in 2014?
Thomas Kaske was born in 1984 in East Brandenburg. He studied Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is finishing his M.F.A in Media Art Media Design at Bauhaus University Weimar. He worked for several film festivals and produced short documentaries in Berlin and Vienna.