"Tell Them About Us" follows the lives of six teenage girls as they embark on a journey of adolescence in Eberswalde, a provincial city in East Germany just 30km from Berlin. As newcomers to the area, the girls find themselves navigating not only the typical challenges of teenage life—friendships, school, and self-discovery—but also the complexities of adapting to a new culture and environment.
Thrown into a world that is both unfamiliar and often unwelcoming, the girls grapple with the nuances of their identities as immigrants and refugees. Their experiences of displacement, cultural adjustment, and the pressures of assimilation adds complexity to their coming-of-age narratives. Despite these challenges, they find solace and strength in their shared bond as they strive to carve out a place for themselves in their new home and community.
Parallel to their daily lives, the director facilitates workshops where the girls explore their hopes, dreams, and fears through writing, music, and acting, after which, they write scenes to stage in front of the camera. These scenes, are turned into dream sequences where the girls envision themselves in the future, as a way to process painful experiences and playfully translate these into future perspectives.  

Festival premiere:

15.03.2024 CPH.Dox Film Festival, Copenhagen (Denmark)

15.03.2024 Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki (Greece)



Writer/ Director: Rand Beiruty Producer: Ira Tondowski, Alex Tondowski / Tondowski Films Co-Producer: Jude Kawwa, Rand Beiruty / Shaghab Films DoP Marco Müller Editor: Patrick Richter, Abdallah Sada Production Design: Fanny Welz Costume Design: Farah Karouta  Location Sound: Azadeh Zandieh & Rand Beiruty Sound Design: Azadeh Zandieh Composer: Johann Niegl 

Co-Production: RBB,  MDR in collaboration with ARTE; Red Sea Film Fund (Saudi Arabia)

Commissioning Editors:  Dagmar Mielke (rbb,ARTE), Rolf Bergmann (rbb), Thomas Beyer (MDR)

with the support of: Red Sea Film Fund, Bundesbeauftragte für Kultur und Medien, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, DMZ Development International Documentary Film Festival, Creative Europe MEDIA