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CHIKA, DIE HÜNDIN IM GHETTO
 
CHIKA, DIE HÜNDIN IM GHETTO
(CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO)
East Coast Premiere

Director: Sandra Schießl

Germany, 2016, 17min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2017
Category: Animation
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Cast:  Hendrik Greve, Tina Landgraf, Bernhard Meindl, Kai Windhoevel, Tabea Mersch, Sandra Schießl, Thomas Fink, Kai Windhoevel, Mirko Schütze Joyce
Crew:  Producers: Björn Magsig, Marion Heinßen - Screenwriters: Screenplay: Carmen Blazejewski Author: Batsheva Dagan - Director of Photography: Ivan Oliveira - Art Direction: Sandra Schießl
Email:  viktoriaaugohr.de

synopsis
Chika the dog and the five-year old Mikasch are the heroes of this story which is set in a Jewish ghetto in an unnamed Polish city. The little dog helps Mikasch to develop as a child despite the persecution of the Jews and the threats of the 2nd World War. During World War II it was forbidden for Jews to keep their pets. One day the official orders decreed that Jews have to deliver all dogs. Mikasch refuses to obey this command. His parents help him to find a solution to save Chika. Mikasch's father hides the dog outside the ghetto at a non-jewish friends house. Then one day a soldier knocks on the door of the families apartment and delivers a command. The family has to gather with all other Jewish families to be deported. Father, mother and child do not obey, instead they hide in the cellar. Mikasch realizes how important it was to take Chika outside the ghetto. In the small hiding place Chika would have started to bark and that would have revealed the hideout of his family. With the belief to see Chika again one day, Mikasch overcomes the difficult times in the hideout without serious damage. At the (happy)-end Mikasch and Chika actually find each other once again. There is peace.

director
Sandra Schießl, born 30th Nov. 1971 in Herne, Germany, studied Arts and German Philology Studies from 1992-1993 at the University of Bremen and Arts and Sculpture at the University of Arts in Bremen. From 1993 to 1995 she made her Bachelor of Arts at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. 1997-2002 she studied Visual Communication/Animation at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg and graduated as a Designer. 2001 she and 3 friends established the animation studio TRIKK17 in Hamburg and since then she is directing various film productions, such as commercials, music videos, TV series, shortfilms. She leads the design department at TRIKK17 as CEO. Some of Sandras awards for shortfilms are Grimmepreis, Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis and Goldener Spatz.
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