Jakob Weydemann
Jakob Weydemann

When Paul Came Over the Sea

Paul has made his way from his home in Cameroon across the Sahara to the Moroccan coast where he now lives in a forest waiting for the right moment to cross the Mediterranean. This is where he meets Jakob, a filmmaker from Berlin, who is filming along Europe's borders. Soon afterwards, Paul manages to cross over to Spain on a rubber boat. He survives - but half of his companions die on this tragic 50 hour odyssey. Held for two months in a deportation centre, upon his release Paul meets Jakob again at a shelter for migrants in Southern Spain. When Paul decides to continue on to Germany, Jakob has to make a choice: will he become an active part of Paul's pursuit of a better life or remain a detached documentary filmmaker?

Team Partner
Jakob Preuss, director
Producer / Production Details
Weydemann Bros
Supported by Film und Medien Stiftung NRW and Nordmedia
Top Awards/Festivals
Awarded the Gerd Ruge Grant by the Film und Medien Stiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen (2011)
Best Pitch at the Netherlands Production Platform (2012)
Haghefilm International Prize at the Netherlands Production Platform Work-in-Progress (2013)
Main Prize at Docu Days UA (2017)
Best Documentary at Shanghai Int. Film Festival (2017)

Krakow Film Festival (2017)
IFFI – Internationales Film Festival Innsbruck (2017)
Achtung Berlin Festival (2017)
International Film Festival Rotterdam – IFFR (2017)
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis (2017)

Training Programme
Masterschool 2012