Messstetten – a typical German village somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Recently Baden-Württemberg’s second reception centre for asylum seekers opened its gates here and became the temporary home for 1000 people from all over the world. Mohamad, Ahmad, Abraham and Yohannes are four of them who share their stories with us.
Set in peaceful German landscapes, HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN tells stories of violent times while observing daily life somewhere in between German bureaucracy and hospitality.
Director Biography:Pablo Ben Yakov
Working as an actor and narrator for movies and television since 1995. University Entrance Diploma 2007, alternative civilian service at „Diakonisches Zentrum Völklingen“ until 2008. Internship with „SR Tatort - Das Schwarze Grab“ (04/2008). Internship with Florianfilm GmbH in Cologne 2008 – 2009. Employed at Florianfilm GmbH as designer, editing assistant and production assistant 2009 – 2011.
Freelancing editor and designer since 08/2011. Currently studying documentary films at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Based in Ludwigsburg.
Completion Date:August 31, 2015
Country of Origin:Germany
Country of Filming:Germany