When Paul Came Over the Sea – Journal of an Encounter


The Main 5 Tue, Apr 17, 2018 6:55 PM
The Main 5 Wed, Apr 18, 2018 2:00 PM
The Main 5 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 5:20 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Als Paul über das Meer kam - Tagebuch einer Begegnung
Guest Attending:Yes
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
Spotlight Competition Award
Best of Fest
Human Rights
Social Justice
Release Year:2017
Runtime:97 min
Festivals & Awards:Golden Goblet Award for Best Documentary - Shanghai International Film Festival
Website:Official Website
Director:Jakob Preuss
Producer:Jakob D. Weydemann
Jonas Weydemann
Cinematographer:Juan Sarmiento G.
Screenwriter:Jakob Preuss
Editor:Franziska von Berlepsch
Karoline Vielemeyer
Composer:The Trouble Notes
Cary Marlowe
Filmography:The Other Chelsea ('10)


Director Jakob Preuss Attending April 17 + 18

A moving documentary about perseverance, When Paul Came Over the Sea is set in an unsettled political sphere and charts the friendship between the filmmaker, Jakob Preuss, and Paul, a migrant from Cameroon. As Jakob and Paul cross paths at various points along Paul’s passage, we bare witness to both the humanity and inhumanity that Paul faces.

Paul’s journey is a harrowing one—he successfully crosses the border into Spain, but it’s a journey that took 50 hours and resulted in the loss of half of his group. When he finally reaches Spain, the trauma of his journey is ignored and he is instead shuffled into an immigration detention center. After yet another ordeal, he again crosses paths with Jakob at the Red Cross Center in Granada. Through these hardships, Paul’s resilience and hope for the future keep him going, and the friendship between him and Jakob proves a powerful foundation for them both.

Director Biography

Jakob Preuss Documentary filmmaker Jakob Preuss was born in 1975 in Berlin, Germany. Along with his latest film, When Paul Came Over the Sea, he directed the documentary feature The Other Chelsea: A Story from Donetsk ('10), which screened at MSPIFF 2012.



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