In 'A Long Long Way from Cali to Casa,' the aspirations of Moroccan youth collide with their deep-rooted heritage, as a transformative journey unfolds through the lens of an outsider with shared values, exploring the delicate interplay between global dreams and local identity.
Embarking upon an odyssey of cultural introspection, 'A Long Long Way from Cali to Casa' delves into the multifaceted realm of urban Moroccan youth, orchestrating an intricate ballet between their aspirational Western gaze, personified by counter umtuet and the profound moorings to their native roots. Against an arresting tableau, the film deftly unfurls the dialectical conundrum that besets these adolescents, presenting a nuanced canvas where desires, dilemmas, and the delicate symbiosis of modernity and heritage converge. This opulent tapestry underscores the zeitgeist of a generation traversing betwixt and between, in a quest for selfhood and affiliation.
"In crafting 'A Long Long Way from Cali to Casa,' my intention was to construct a cinematic bridge that traverses cultural landscapes and resonates with audiences across boundaries. Through this film, I aimed to capture the exquisite tension and harmony existing within the hearts of Moroccan youth torn between their aspirations for Western allure and the enduring embrace of local heritage. By immersing viewers in the intricate dance of desires, dreams, and dilemmas, I hope to foster an empathetic connection that transcends geographical borders. 'A Long Long Way from Cali to Casa' serves as an ode to the human experience, demonstrating that regardless of origin, our shared quests for identity and belonging are threads that bind us all.
Jonas Kolecki (b. 1994, Munich) is an artist and filmmaker, intertwining influences from counter culture, independent filmmaking, and philosophical studies. His pursuit of a new media degree in South Tyrol lays the groundwork for a multidisciplinary conceptual approach spanning painting, sculpture, film, videography, and performance. His work mirrors the interplay between culture and human identity, fostering contemplation within shared spaces, exploring the traces we leave and bridging boarders we create.
Translation: Zufall Fass
Script Assistance: Borasd Dsd
Story Consultant: German A. Duarte
Storyboard: Irene Rainer
Post Production: Jonas Kolecki, Budad adasd
Producer on Set & Production Manager: Caroline Roos
Cinematographer & Director: Jonas Kolecki