• Nele Dehnenkamp
  • Germany, Gabon
  • 2020
  • 16 min
  • International Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs, IDFA School Program
The seahorse is a powerful animal. It cannot sink, encourages the swimming instructor. A place in the human brain is named after it, the hippocampus, where all memory begins. It is the seahorse in the brain where the terror and beauty of life meet – and for Hanan it is where she stores her memories of the ocean. When the young Yezidi crossed the Mediterranean with her family in a small rubber dinghy, she could not swim. The images of the deep blue sea and the fear of drowning are irrevocably burned into her memory. To reconcile her past she learned how to swim. But the waters still await her with haunting images of the ocean.


Nele Dehnenkamp
Christine Duttlinger for Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg, Nele Dehnenkamp


World Sales
Sigrid Gairing for Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg (Ludwigsburg)
Festival Handling
Christine Duttlinger for Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg

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DCP, color
Spoken languages

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International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs
IDFA School Program

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