Welcome to Est. 1999, the official blog of Abraham Translations. As is perhaps easy to surmise, the name of this blog reflects the year that Abraham Translations was founded.
It all began with the correction of a few texts that had been translated by another time-pressed translator. Within the year, translating had become my main source of income; now, it has long been the only way I put bacon on the table.
I am rather proud of many of the projects on which I have worked.
Est. 1999, basically, is a visual confirmation of past projects, a blowing of my own horn, a presentation of translator-related topics, and an occasional departure into other areas that I deem worthy of presenting. Enjoy.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Julia (Germany, 2013)

This highly depressing — and extremely fascinating — feature-length documentary is just now hitting the circuit here in Berlin. Although I do do subtitling, I didn't do the subtitles for Julia, so I don't have to apologize for any of the typos or grammar mistakes seen in the trailer, but back in 2013 I did translate various press releases and proofread some of the film festival applications.
About the film JULIA
"A tale of passion, humiliation and loneliness, of desperation and turmoil. What exactly would drive a young male art student to leave his home in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and reappear as a young woman selling her body on the streets of Berlin, in sweaty back rooms, and on the sticky seats of a sex cinema? For over ten years the photographer and filmmaker J. Jackie Baier has accompanied and documented the socially unconventional life of the now 30-year-old transsexual Julia K. — streetwalker, outlaw and nonconformist. 'I can't say that I'm a woman, but I'm also not a man. I'm something... I'm a creation of God, but a warped creation of God. God wasn't paying attention when I was born,' says Julia about herself. [...]"
For an English-language review of the documentary, go here The Huffington Post.

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