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English title: Seahorse
Original title: Seepferdchen
Germany, 2020, 16 min.

Director: Nele Dehnenkamp
Production company:
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Akademienhof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg
Phone: +49 7141 9690

Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Film genre: Documentary

Five years ago, Hanan would never have dreamed that she would now be a swimming teacher. Fleeing IS from northern Iraq, in 2015 she crossed the Mediterranean with her family in a rubber dinghy. The boat filled with water, and Hanan couldn’t swim.
She has an instant understanding with children who are afraid of water. Images of the vast blue sea and the fear of drowning are etched into her memory. Now living in Wolfsburg, Germany, she’s determined to have her younger brother learn to swim before his painful memories of the water rise to the surface, she says in an on-camera interview, as we follow her timid brother in the pool.

Doxs! 2021 (special mention)
Golden Sparrow 2021 (awarded)
Mo&Friese 2021
Max Ophuels Preis (awarded)
CIVIS (awarded)
Leipzig Kids DOK 2020
IDFA Kids & Docs 2020
Visions du Réel Media Library 2020


Study guide: German