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Dead Sea Dying

filmmakers : Katharina Rabl , Rebecca Zehr
Composer : Johannes Wendler
Germany, 2019
Production : taro films

English, Arabic
French, English


On the banks of the Dead Sea, there where God is said to have destroyed the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the earth is once again opening up; the sea level is dropping by one meter per year, and there on the banks of the salt lake, date trees and massage parlors are being consumed by sinkholes. While the name of the lake itself seems to be transforming into a self-fulfilling prophecy, tremendous industrial facilities twinkle at night at the site where Sodom once existed. Tourists feel their way around in the waters in search of cures, and behind the beaches, excavators are digging up the land in preparation for the next luxury hotel. A kaleidoscopic look at a dystopian place where people perpetually revolve around themselves.

Tënk Opening Scenes Award 2019 - Visions du Réel

Tënk's film review

"Dead Sea Dying" avoids fascination or exoticism and offers us an active look on our world. As if by sedimentation ; past and future are superimposed, the landmarks become blurred. Faced with these chasms that swallow tourist complexes and industrial palm groves, we are taken by a vertigo. Has the collapse of our world already taken place? Will we dare to turn around and face our fear? Will we stop the destruction? Katharina Rabl and Rebecca Zehr, far from answering them, send us back the relevance and emergency of these questions.
We have discovered two authors whom we are proud to support through the Tënk Opening Scenes award."

Éva Tourrent
Responsable artistique de Tënk

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Katharina Rabl

Katharina Rabl a grandi dans la campagne autrichienne et a ensuite étudié la littérature allemande à l'université de Vienne. Pendant ses études, elle a fait ses premières expériences de productions théâtrales et cinématographiques. Depuis 2016, elle étudie la réalisation de films documentaires à l'Université de télévision et de cinéma de Munich. Elle a fondé la société de production "taro films" aux côtés de Rebbeca Zehr.

Rebecca Zehr

Après des études d'anthropologie culturelle, Rebecca Zehr a vécu plusieurs années en Équateur et à Berlin et a travaillé dans différents festivals de cinéma internationaux. Depuis 2016, elle étudie la réalisation de films documentaires au HFF de Munich. Elle a fondé la société de production "taro films" aux côtés de Katharina Rabl.

Other films in the collection: Ecology