Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021


Year: 2014
Country: AUSTRIA
Run Time: 98 minutes


Eleven-year-old Ramasan has a lot of responsibility. In traditional Chechen society, he would be the man of the house, in charge of his mother and two younger sisters. Yet he now lives in Macondo, a multicultural neighborhood in gritty industrial Vienna. Ramasan speaks German better than his mother Aminat, and he interprets between her and welfare officials. The family fled Chechnya after the death of Ramasan’s father, and they’re trying to make do in this foreign society. Ramasan's world is disrupted anew when Isa, his father's war buddy, moves into their housing complex. Isa pays his respects to Aminat and gives Ramasan his dead father’s watch. While his interest in his father is revived, Ramasan rejects Isa’s influence on his mother. Meanwhile, he’s becoming involved with a band of older boys who lure him into trouble. A passionate film that rests on the slight shoulders of its protagonist, MACONDO shows us life through the eyes of a refugee boy. (In German and Chechen with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:15 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:55 PM

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 9:20 AM -
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

World Tour

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Sudabeh Mortezai

Sudabeh Mortezai was born in Germany, the daughter of Iranian immigrants. She grew up in Tehran and Vienna and studied theater, film, and media in Vienna. She also has a certificate in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment Media from UCLA.

"Children of the Prophet" (2006), "Im Bazar der Geschlechter" (2010), MACONDO (2014)

Oliver Neumann

Sudabeh Mortezai

Klemens Hufnagl


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