Sand & Blood (2017)


Social networks allow refugees to follow the actions and crimes happening in their countries in real time. Sand and Blood is a montage of amateur videos from various online platforms, narrated by refugees now living in Austria. This formal approach offers a new and intimate perspective on Syria and Iraq’s recent history: a montage of haunting images of devastation, fear, and hatred. It gives the viewer the opportunity to ask questions which go beyond newspaper headlines.

Every character is given the chance to explain his own personal viewpoint, without judgement. Sand and Blood weaves these stories together in a dark and moving tapestry that ultimately forces the viewer to question the very nature of good and evil, victim and perpetrator.



A Digital Guernica!” 

– Cineuropa, Tina Poglajen

“A moving and deep portrait of a complex world that finally becomes a universal experience” 

– Jury – Docu Days.

Matthias Krepp, Angelika Spangel (Co-director), Austria, 2017, 90 min.
Locarno IFF, North American premiere: Camden IFF, Hof Filmtage, Pravo Ljudski Sarajevo FF, Jihlava IDFF – Silver Eye award, IDFA, Cork Film Festival, This Human world FF Vienna (National premiere), Angers Festival (French premiere), One World Romania, Docu Days UA: DOCU/LIFE award for the best film, East End Film Festival London (UK premiere), DOK.fest Munchen – Best Student Film, FEST – New Directors New Film Portugal – Best Documentary Film, Manaki Brothers IFF Macedonia, Cine Migrante Argentina, Inconvenient Films, Astra Film Festival, Verzio Doc; VOD Release with Under the Milky Way

Matthias Krepp, born 1987, is an Austrian film student and director. He studied Comparative Literature and History. Since 2012 he studies in the directing-class of Michael Haneke at Vienna Film Academy. Sand and Blood is his first full-length documentary film.

Angelika Spangelborn 1987, is an Austrian film student of cinematography. She studied Educational Science and received her degree in 2012. Since 2013 she studies cinematography in the class of Wolfgang Thaler at Vienna Film Academy. She worked on several short films with Matthias Krepp and Magdalena Gruber.