HOW TO TELL GUNSHOTS FROM FIREWORKS
The story of gifted German runner Melat Kejeta is told through exclusive footage of her preparations for the 2021 Olympics in this experimental portrait documentary about a young refugee who has become a world-class athlete. To achieve her goal of a podium finish at the most important race of her life, she must defy both physical and mental adversity at the training camp in Kenya, just a stone’s throw away from the country she had to flee from nine years ago.
Director – Philipp Groth
Philipp Groth is an artist and filmmaker born at the Franco-German boarder. His films often address the conditions under which larger economic, cultural, and sexual relationships have tangible effects on the fortunes of individuals.
He received his M.A. from the University of the Arts London where he was trained in the traditional craft of narrative and documentary film and has since expanded his interdisciplinary practice, with focus on moving image and installation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His works have been shown at insitutions such as the Tribeca Film Center New York, Koenig Gallery Tokyo, Tate Modern London and the Goethe Institute. Collaborators include the David Lynch Foundation, Louis Vuittons Artistic Director Virgil Abloh and Flash Art Magazine among others. He currently resides in Chicago and Berlin, where he took on a lecturer position at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences.