section Hommage: Jeanine Meerapfel


  • Sharon Ryba-Kahn
  • DE
  • 2020
  • 90 Min

"The truth is that here, first and foremost, I feel like a Jew.": Sharon was born in Germany, she is Jewish and belongs to the third generation of Shoah survivors. In her award-winning documentary Displaced, the director reconstructs her own family history whilst, at the same time, examining her personal relationship towards Germany.

Her father's family hardly spoke about the traumatic experiences of the Shoah. For her, the conversations with her father are the starting point for breaking this silence. The story of her ancestors is thus also her story, closely linked as it is to her own search for identity and the associated discomfort of living as a Jew in Germany today. In this film Sharon Ryba-Kahn articulates what she had long felt and thought. At the same time, she includes her German non-Jewish friends in the conversations and ultimately comes to the conclusion that the desire to put the past to bed is primarily the privilege of the perpetrator society.

16.6. 10.00 Mediencampus, followed by a discussion with Sharon Ryba-Kahn, director
16.6. 19.00 Filmmuseum, followed by a discussion with Jeanine Meerapfel and Sharon Ryba-Kahn, directors
17.6. 15.00 Passagekino, followed by a discussion with Sharon Ryba-Kahn, director


original title Displaced

international title Displaced

german title Displaced

JFBB section Hommage: Jeanine Meerapfel

  • director Sharon Ryba-Kahn

country/countries DE

year 2020

duration 90 Min

Portrait of Sharon Ryba-Kahn

Sharon Ryba-Kahn

BIO The French-Israeli director was born in Munich in 1983. Sharon spent her first 14 years in Munich before moving to Jerusalem in 1997. In 2001, she moved to Paris to study acting. She continued her theater studies in New York under the direction of Mike Nichols. After directing and acting in several theatrical productions, she continued her studies of film production. In 2007, she moved to Berlin and began working as a freelance in the film industry as a casting director, A.D. and voice actress. Her first feature-length documentary RECOGNITION was released in 2015 and has been screened at over 20 Film Festivals. Sharon studied at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF the MA program in documentary film directing. During her master's program Sharon realized three short films and her graduation film DISPLACED which was produced by the production company TONDOWSKI FILMS. The film successfully celebrated its world premiere at DOK.fest Munich (online). DISPLACED was also nominated in the documentary category for the First Steps Award and was released in German cinemas in 2021. Currently Sharon is currently working on an artistic-scientific dissertation at the Babelsberg Film University and is an ELES Research Fellow (Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk). She is also working on her feature-length documentary documentary LOVE TILL 120, an Israeli-German co-production, for which she received a grant from the "Zurückgeben" Foundation.