DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer

Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy, drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. On 2 September 2015 his body was washed up on a Turkish beach. The photo of the dead boy spread across the world under the hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik – humanity washed away – and will probably be remembered forever because of the enormous media attention it got. Touched by a fate that was so expressively summarised in this one photo, Khaled Hosseini, UNHCR goodwill ambassador, wrote the monologue “Sea Prayer”: a father’s fictitious letter to his son, just before their escape to Europe. Illustrated by Liz Edwards using “Tilt Brush”, a 3D painting tool.
DOK Neuland im Messehof
Interactive Exhibition

31/10/2017 – 04/11/17

Free entry
Original Title: Sea Prayer
Country: UK
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 7 min.
Technique: 360° Film * Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Color: Colour
Director: Francesca Panetta, Nicole Jackson, Anrick Bregman, Shehani Fernando
Producer: Lisa Golden, Anetta Jones
Music: Sahba Aminikia
Sound: Peregrine Andrews, Henrik Oppermann
Narrator: Adeel Akhtar
Script: Khaled Hosseini
3D Artist: Liz Edwards
Creative Technologist: Andrew Mason, Federico Fasce

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.