The Encounter


This short film is a real story of people getting to know each other.

It follows the encounter between Alice and Ali. Alice is a 25-year-old documentary photographer and activist who spent much time on the frontlines of the European refugee crisis. Ali works in Oman to support his family back in Pakistan. For 8 months of the year he lives in the desert without seeing his wife, daughters or friends.

We documented what happens in the days after Alice takes a photo of Ali. They are not actors and there was no script. We captured their conversations and slowly discover Ali’s heartbreaking story. As well as his surprising attitude to his circumstances.

With “The Encounter” we wanted to remind people about the real connections they could be missing. Because every person has a story. If you take the time to listen.


Clio Awards 2019 - Bronze
German Advertising Film Award 2020 - Shortlist
Vimeo Staff Pick


Director: Marko Roth | DoP: Josua Stäbler | Producer: Simon Fessler | Production Company: Simon & Paul | Edit: Andreas Arvidsson | Sounddesign: Moritz Staub - Staub Audio | Colorist: Nicke Jacobsson | Music: Thomas Muis - 2WEI | Cast: Alice Aedy, Ali

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