Germany, 2019 | 87 Minutes | A film by Daniela König
Two women, two worlds, one occupation: Khawla and Aishe are plumbers in Jordan. When Khawla has to stand trial due to corruption allegations, Aysha is torn between self-realization and loyalty. Will they be able to make their friendship waterproof again after the whirlwind of events?
Aishe, Khawla and Rehab are ladies who have come to make a change. They repair leakages, clean water tanks and show housewives how to handle water properly – in Jordan, one of the driest countries on earth.
Aishe, after losing her husband, was trained by self-assigned first female plumber of Jordan, Khawla Al-Sheikh, in order to be able to solely provide for her three children. They have been working together in Khawla’s NGO for female plumbers since, and they have become close friends. As Aishe’s 40th birthday is approaching, she shares her dreams of self-realization with Khawla who encourages her to set a goal and go for it. Khawla herself seemingly accomplished everything – until she has to stand trial due to corruption allegations. The reputation of the plumbers organization is suffering as well as Aishe’s and Khawla’s friendship.
Aishe is still determined to earn her living with plumbing. She drums up her own business by taking on jobs in her village and slowly becoming independent. When Khawla needs Aishe to testify for her in court, Aishe is not sure what to do – be loyal to her best friend or focus on her own business?
Daniela König was born 1990 in the German town Goerlitz after her mother emigrated from the former USSR to the GDR in 1985. She gathered her first experiences in film searching for and video-interviewing concentration camp survivor and author Kurt Wolff in High School. 2010 she started studying Media Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. In 2013 she received the Bauhaus Institute’s Film Fund Prize for PEACE TO THOSE WHO TRY, a 62 minutes web documentary she filmed in Israel and Palestine. Later she starts to travel to Jordan frequently in order to realize photo series and video reportages for magazines. She is assigned by UN Women to document the lives of Syrian women providing their families in the refugee camp Zaatari. End of 2016 she traveled to Greece to film for MISSION WAREHOUSE about the business big NGOs are making with the refugee crisis on the island of Lesbos. She started regularly filming for her first feature length documentary WATERPROOF in 2016 which won the EWA Development Award in 2017 for best female driven documentary at DOK Leipzig. Next to filmmaking she works as a self-defense and martial arts trainer for women.
Writer & Director
Stefan Kloos & Michaela Pňačeková
Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixing
Kloos & Co. Ost / Kloos & Co. Medien
Rise and Shine World Sales
Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union
EWA – European Women’s Audiovisual Network
Dok Leipzig Co-Pro Market 2017
EWA Network Development Prize
DOK Leipzig 2019, Germany
IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2019, The Netherlands
Tempo Documentary Festival Stockholm 2020, Sweden
Stockholm Feminist Film Festival 2020, Sweden
Arab Film Days Oslo 2020, Norway