SYNC stands for synchronization in the society. It is an essential part of human existence to be influenced by its own social structure: how it develops, survives and blends in. The image of the cityscape plays the role of the physical room that would be the framework of the mental behavior. The (multicultural) city becomes the pretext/context for breaking up the intellectual way of idealizing life itself by making it physical.
However, observing does not translate as sightseeing, does not mean passivity. The experience of being neither here, nor there, of being in search of a comfort zone doesn't allow to be inactive because getting stuck breaks the connection with each other. Therefore, it becomes easier to find a new connection than to maintain an old one. Being in the modern era allows the today's generation to move fast through multiple options. For example, the new digital media like Internet, digital cameras, Smartphone allow us to be notified. Staying “CONNECTED” is reduced by means of simplified communication as headlines. The information exists everywhere around, but it is not in a physical context there. In the approach of connecting the generations, SYNC shows another form of synchronization by combining a voice-over layer of narration from the elder generation (above 85 years old) in order to have another perspective on how the world is rapidly developing a virtual sense beyond their understanding to the fragments of the city Hamburg. Nonetheless is the generation clash an issue of synchronization, especially towards the today's chosen life style. This form of displacement becomes the drive of the filmmakers in their search for a meaning for acceptance.
The idea of SYNC came up from a basic debate of the two independent filmmakers with different backgrounds, Indonesia and Romania, on the awareness of a certain surrounding. How do we acknowledge changes? This encounter happening in Hamburg, Germany led to dealing with this issue by taking itself as a project. Capturing the situation through the camera and working together on the project was the basic process of dealing with the flow of the city and blending in.
Nonetheless, approaching distance as a matter of cultural difference brought up the acknowledgement that this kind of a personal experience has a universal character that it speaks for a generation. Both filmmakers would agree that this is a global issue, concerning integration, migration and culture conflicts. Hence should that be applied to cultural case as a study.
Staying connected to home means also staying connected to the past and to older generations. Therefore, conversations with the grandfathers of the filmmakers were inspired in showing a general state of displacement.
Synchronization is a challenge not only in what the surroundings are concerned, but also in the development of the artistic partnership between two filmmakers from different artistic fields, documentary and fiction film.