I met Renate Sami when the filmmaker Ute Aurand invited me to show films at FilmSamstag in Berlin in the late 1990s, but it was only later that I experienced the calm directness of her own film and video work, and became acquainted with the emotion at its source. When I moved to Berlin, I learned more: how she came to film and what directions her filmmaking took
Every year or two Ute Aurand and Peter Todd meet up to continue a filmic conversation. OPEN DOORS is their third program curated together. A film by the Scottish filmmaker Margaret Tait is often shown as a reference to how Aurand and Todd's joint interest in her work fIrst brought them together. In OPEN DOORS they have selected films in which the filmmakers' observations and feelings become visible beyond obvious narratives.