The Sea Runs Thru My Veins

The Sea Runs Thur My Veins


Germany | 2018 | 20′ | super 8 & Full HD | experimental poetic short
Languages: Farsi, Hebrew, German | Subtitles: English | Color & B/W |  DCP, Dolby 5.1 | 16:9



Four protagonists share their experiences and visions of happiness – not despite but because of life.



THE SEA RUNS THRU MY VEINS features four protagonists who, based on their very own individual challenges and life circumstances, share different perspectives on the topic of happiness. Sabuha Salam, long-term host of the monthly party Gayhâne, fled from Ruhr Area to Berlin in the late 1990s to live their queer identity freely. Llanquiray Valioska Painemal Morales, Mapuche with a Chilean passport and an experienced activist for the rights of refugees, migrants and indigenous people, went to the former Soviet Union before she came to Berlin in the 1990s. Neomi Ilan, a long-standing queer-feminist activist and cancer survivor from Israel/ Palestine, has been living through a lot of changes since her severe illness three years ago. Amir Zandieh, an electrician whose home is in Berlin since the 1970s, started to grapple with philosophical questions after the failed revolution in Iran.


Cast | Llanquiray Valioska Painemal Morales, Sabuha Salam, Amir Zandieh, Neomi Ilan
Performers | Anh Thu Nguyen, Mathilde Manon, Sara Mikolai, Sofa Hamaz, Yordanos Afewerki
Director & Producer | Zara Zandieh
Cinematographer & Editor | Zara Zandieh
Location Sound | Azadeh Zandieh, Gizem Oruç
Sound design, music & re-recording mixer |Azadeh Zandieh
Color Grading | Colja Krugmann
Title design | Kornelia Kugler
Poster design | Caio Soares



Winner of the 2nd Queer Short Film Fund of the XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin (the previous title for The sea runs thru my veins was Trilogy of Happiness)



Officially selected in Short Film Competition of Achtung Berlin – New Film Award , World Premiere
XPOSED Film Festival, Berlin




The Sea Runs Thru My Veins offers a space where happiness is navigated and negotiated within personal and collective (post-) migrant and queer (His) stories.