I caught up with German film-maker York Fabian Raabe at the Germany Pavilion yesterday to talk about his Ghanaian themed short film-Children of Sodom, which he has brought to this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Already, the short film has been taken to over 26 film festivals around the world and it has received great reception due to its artistic nature—and the touching story behind it.
Speaking to GhanaCelebrities.Com, York Fabian Raabe couldn’t hide his joy about taking the short film-Children of Sodom to the next stage—-making a FEATURE film out of it with the title, Borga…
Also, York shared with us his wonderful experience working in Ghana, why every ‘serious’ film-maker must come to the annual Cannes Film Festival, what he thinks must be done to give the various emerging Africa movie industries the required vibrancy among other things…
Check out the interview below…
‘Children of Sodom’ which is directed by York-Fabian Raabe takes a special conceptual approach into the lives of two street children in Agbogbloshi, Accra to showcase what a normal day looks like for these children. The documentary separates the cinematic experience from its informative nature.
As it stands now, there are between 30,000 and 50,000 street children living at “Agbogbloshi” in Accra and these children who are full of energy know of nothing beyond struggling to live each day—with the hope of making it to the next.
Domestic violence, abandonment, death of parents or the hope for a better life are reasons, why they come to “Agbogbloshi” and in order to survive, the children take on several duties, including; collecting and sorting rubbish, begging or carrying goods across the market.
Due to the hazardous living conditions in Agbogbloshi, it received the nickname “Sodom and Gomorrah”. It is the lives of these children who have no voice and future—who society seems to have forgotten about that the German film-maker-York-Fabian Raabe has decided to consider in his latest short film-‘Children of Sodom’.
Check out the film’s website: http://www.childrenofsodom.com