Refugee Wave (Flüchtlingswelle)
Meet Gulghutai. She is many things — an Afghan, a Muslim, a mother, an activist, a refugee — and she refuses to be contained.
“Flüchtlingswelle (Refugee Wave)” is a short documentary that offers an intimate glimpse into the life of Gulghutai, who rejects the media's homogenized narrative of refugee women as helpless victims. Following the saying “the personal is political”, this film serves as a creative vehicle for Gulghutai’s thoughts and experiences since arriving in Germany in 2014, while providing insight into how multiple aspects of her identity intersect to impact the way she experiences displacement, discrimination, and integration as she relentlessly fights for the rights of refugees.
The film was produced as part of Loyola Marymount University’s documentary film study abroad program, in partnership with the Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB). It was selected by a jury of European industry professionals appointed by the AIB to premiere at a movie theatre in Bonn, Germany.
Director, Producer, Editor: Jane Chow
Cinematographers: Jane Chow, Megan Lau
Location Sound Recordist: Alex Murray
Post-Production Sound Mixer: Frank Brempel
Composer: Nils Neumann