AboutWhat interests me as a person - and thus as a photographer - is the strength in us humans. I would like to make these visible. In this case, the enormous will to live of the people I met in Lebanese refugee camps.
Unless refugees are instrumentalized by politics and the media as "potential perversions", people's suffering is usually emphasized. That is understandable. Equally important, however, is not to reduce refugees in the public perception to a victim role, because that does not do them justice.
My experience is that the people who fled war and humanitarian catastrophes from their homeland carry a great deal of hope - despite everything. You love. They are alive. And though their future is completely uncertain, they are drawing the strength to acquire new skills to prepare for a life so unlike the one they were prepared for. The enormous power of the children to overcome the adversities of life and to feel joy in the here and now has touched me deeply.
For me, these people are heroes because they prove on a daily basis what they are capable of: growing beyond themselves.
Judith Döker is a photographer, author and actress.
As an actress, she starred in numerous film and TV productions and was honored at the Los Angeles Global Art Film Festival and the Sansevieria Film Festival in Ohio.
In 2012 she moved to Mumbai, India for two years. Her autobiographical book Judith goes to Bollywood was published by btb Verlag in 2015. Her short story Bombay in the anthology Unbehauste - 24 Authors about being a stranger , 2nd Edition (2016, Dittrich Verlag). In the fall of 2018 her contribution appears More Utopia dare - with Good News in the anthology If I should like something - Impulses for a modern democracy (Schüren Verlag).
In 2015 she became for her cover portrait from the series Calcutta - Gentle SoulsHonored with an Honorable Mention of the International Photography Awards in the US.
Judith Döker is the initiator of the campaign # Die3Questions and patron of the IndiaHilfe Germany.