Friday, 11/17/2017

Meet the Filmmakers: BORDERLESS

Interview with director Aria Azizi

Meet the Filmmakers: BORDERLESS

Director Aria Azizi


Describe your film BORDERLESS in three words.

Childhood, fantasy, borderless.

Which film was the first to deeply impress you?

During the time of the Taliban regime, films, television and cinema was prohibited. I had a bicycle. When I came home one day, my father had built an antenna from the bike's spokes. When it got dark, he installed it on our roof. We received signals from an Iranian tv station, which showed a beautiful film about a father and a son and a bicycle. It was a film in black and white and it impressed me very much. I later rediscovered the film: THE BICYCLE THIEF.


What do your grandparents think you do as a job?

My grandmother thinks, that I am a storyteller, which was a profession in my home country Afghanistan. You could travel through towns and villages and tell people stories, as some kind of Afghan Comedia del Arte. So she thinks, that I am currently wandering through villages all over the world to tell stories.

What would you be if you weren’t a filmmaker?

Definitely a storyteller.

 Scene from BORDERLESS

Is this your first visit to Munich? What do you expect from the festival?

Yes, it is my first visit, even though I planned on arriving in Munich as a refugee in 2009. I took the wrong train and ended up in Mannheim, where I then had to apply for asylum. Now I am happy to visit Munich as a filmmaker, not as a refugee. I guess that's the safer and happier way.



  • This film will be screened in Program 9
  • Film School: Filmschule: KHK, Kunsthochschule Kassel, Deutschland