Ahorita Frames

From September 2001 to April 2002 Nan and Nancy along with other Latin American women worked for the asbestos company “Branch,” cleaning the luxury apartments, offices, and banks of Manhattan in the hermetically sealed zone of “Ground Zero.” The women had neither residence permits nor work permits in the USA, and their dust masks had no filter for asbestos.
At the PedWest border crossing in Tijuana refugees perform their stories. They play asbestos workers, American soldiers, Red Cross staff, and firefighters. Migrants from Guatemala and Venezuela and Mexicans who were deported from the USA to Tijuana: they are all stuck at the border due to the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
Ahorita Frames moves the stories of the asbestos workers from New York in 2001 across the border to Tijuana in 2019, thus reconfiguring the political cartography of power relations. The film not only describes the devaluation of migrant women, but also a system of cultural symbolism and its colonial narrative. (Angelika Levi)
by Angelika Levi
with Nancy  Torres Geoninatti, Talia Ocampo, Carla  Lozano, Lisa Riedner, Hadeer  El Mahdawy, Teo Peo, Jhonaikel Vielma, Nancy Jancovich, Jorge, Luis Ramirez, Hector Ramirez, Jhehovany Aries
Germany 2021 Spanish, English 22’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Nancy  Torres Geoninatti (Cleaning Lady 1)
  • Talia Ocampo (Cleaning Lady 2)
  • Carla  Lozano (Cleaning Lady 3)
  • Lisa Riedner (Cleaning Lady 4)
  • Hadeer  El Mahdawy (Psicosis)
  • Teo Peo (Rey Misterio)
  • Jhonaikel Vielma (Mil Masqueras)
  • Nancy Jancovich (singing woman)
  • Jorge (El Santo)
  • Luis Ramirez (Military)
  • Hector Ramirez (Military)
  • Jhehovany Aries (Red Cross)
  • Jhonaikel Vielma (Firefighter)


Director Angelika Levi
Cinematography Angelika Levi
Editing Angelika Levi
Music Udo Moll
Sound Design Erik  Mischijew
Sound Hadeer El Mahdawy, Lisa Riedner
Costumes Nancy  Torres Geoninatti
Production Manager Jan  Lemitz
Producer Kristina Konrad Weltfilm
Co-Producer Angelika Levi celestefilm


Angelika Levi

Angelika Levi, born in 1961, studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb) from 1985 to 1991. Her work has been shown at international film festivals, in cinemas and exhibitions. My Life Part 2, her first feature length documentary, won several awards and had its premiere at the Berlinale Forum in 2003. Children of Srikani premiered in the Berlinale Panorama in 2012 and won several awards. Miete Essen Seele Auf was shown in the exhibition "Wohnungsfrage" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2015. Apart from her directorial work, Levi is also an editor and dramaturg and a guest lecturer at various media and art schools.


1984 Ariel; with Lilly Grote, 15 min. 1987 Sexparty; 10 min. 1988 Faust aufs Auge (Punch on the eye); with Antje Schäfer, 5 Min. 1989 Auf gehts. Aber wohin? (Off we go. But Where?); 20 min. 1991 Das kleine Objekt a (The little object a); 30 min. 1994 Desireé & Polylepis; 9 min. 1995 Freunde (Friends); 3 min. 2003 Mein Leben Teil 2 (My life part 2); 90 min., Forum 2003 2004 Hay que gastar dinero (You have to spend money) 2010 Absent Present; 85 min. 2012 Anak Anak Srikandi (Children of Srikandi); with The Children of Srikandi Collective, 75 min. 2016 Miete Essen Seele Auf (Rent Eats The Soul); with Christoph Dreher, 54 min. 2021 Ahorita Frames

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021