24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Escape Agents
A re-construction of the illegal smuggling of a family across the border from East to West Berlin in 1988. Told in photographs, the film shows a chilling story of escape in the trunk of a car and an encounter with agents of the East German secret police. The images’ unknown origin adds a sense of the universal and calls into question the course of events.
"While researching my first feature, I stumbled across these photos in the Stasi archives and decided to try to make a story around them. I was shocked when I found out the true identity of the people " S. Calonico
Scott Calonico (1968) focuses on the history of mediocrity. In addition to documentaries, he makes promotional films that present new challenges to him. As a freelance journalist, he writes articles about technology and culture, for example, for Vice. In 2016, he spent his free time reviewing Mexican nachos in European restaurants. The Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival presented his Final Draft (2014).
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|photography:||Ministry of State Security, German Democratic Republic|
|editing:||Nathan Calonico, Nathan McGinty|