HERE AND THERE
A film around the meaning of home and belonging. The filmmaker uses photographs, maps and Google Earth to connect places around the globe; not just from her own past, but from the complex migratory history of her family that stretches back to Hitler-era Germany and Mao's China.
“Poignant and breathtaking in equal measure, Here and There charts the filmmaker’s attempt to find meaning and connection in the macro and micro journeys of her family’s migratory history, spanning many decades across multiple continents. One of its most compelling elements can be found in its meticulous construction, utilising archive, physical media, Google Earth and moments of fourth-wall breaking bravada where one element collapses into the other. Through this, Liebenthal points towards an inherent yet no less devastating truth, that migration carries within it the uncertainty of truly understanding your own heritage.”
— Tom Grimshaw