NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN - An Indian immigrant running from her past forms a bond with a Syrian refugee in the city of new beginnings.
Working as a nanny for a wealthy Berlin family, Jaya spends her weekends teaching German language classes to newly arrived refugees. When Muazz, a new student, joins her class, Jaya discovers a connection that reveals the path towards her own healing - as well as his.
No Monsters in Berlin tells the next chapter of the current refugee story; resettlement and integration. This film has been made in collaboration with Syrians who are now living in Berlin as members of the cast, crew and creative team.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 GERMAN WOMEN, MEN AND CHILDREN LINED TRAIN STATION PLATFORMS CHEERING NEWLY ARRIVED REFUGEES FROM SYRIA, GREETING THEM WITH FOOD, TEDDY BEARS AND HUGS.
There was a utopian sense of oneness. A simple understanding: You are a human. I am a human. We help each other in a crisis. That summer was a short-lived pocket of hope, compassion and humanity at its best. Unfortunately the mood changed quickly with terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, and burgeoning fears of a migrant crime epidemic in Germany.
As the world spins faster in a spiral fuelled by fear, we can either choose to be constructive or destructive in our responses to terror. Our short film attempts to capture the fleeting moment in Berlin where humanity was where it should be, responding with compassion, standing side by side. Facing our fears and our monsters together.