It happened just before is an artistic confrontation with the global phenomenon of trafficking in women. Anja Salomonowitz has chosen an unusual approach to the theme: her film is based on real narratives by women who were the objects of trafficking which were then re-worked into a documentary screenplay by the director. The stories are not retold by actresses but by people who have a direct relationship to events and places in the film: a customs officer, a village inhabitant, a bar-keeper in a bordello, a woman diplomat and a taxi driver. A film about false promises and exploitation, showing, that trafficking is everywhere around us, although we may not notice.
Anja Salomonowitz studies editing and directing at the Filmakademie in Vienna and the Acadamy of Film and Television Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her firstfilms, You will never understand thatandIt happened just before, bothdocumentariescrossingthelinebetweenrealityandfiction, wereawardedandwellreceivedinternationally. Spain was Anja Salomonowitz’s first feature film. Her recentfeaturelengthdocumentaryThe 727 days without Karamo was premiered at Berlinale’s International Forum of young cinema 2013.
Anja Salomonowitz lives and works in Vienna.