Mission Lifeline

A Film by Markus Weinberg
and Luise Baumgarten (Co-Director)

Synopsis

DIE MISSION DER LIFELINE.
Their purpose: to save refugees from drowning. For this, Axel Steier and his team from the Dresden sea-rescue NGO “Mission Lifeline” have worked tirelessly for years to collect donations. Together with two Spanish NGO’s, they finally manage to buy their own ship and set off to the Mediterranean. In his hometown Dresden, Axel’s idea finds many friends but just as many enemies. And then, the truth at sea – oil leakage, refugee boats sinking before their eyes, even gunfire by Libyan militia. For two years, we accompanied Axel and his team with our camera – even onto the ship just off the Libyan coast, where the struggle to save people from certain death ultimately also turns into a fight for the European idea.

Director

  • Picture of Markus Weinberg © Markus Weinberg

    Markus Weinberg

    Born in Dresden in 1983, he studied Political Science, Modern and Contemporary History and Sociology in Dresden. Even before his time as a student and racing cyclist, Weinberg traveled the world, always searching for and bringing back stories. And now he's started to tell them. He worked as a freelance editor at MDR Television, as a video journalist in Saxony and as print editor at the Dresdner Morgenpost. Today, Markus works as a freelance editor / video journalist / documentary filmmaker.

  • Picture of Luise Baumgarten (Co-Director) © Luise Baumgarten

    Luise Baumgarten (Co-Director)

    During her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Luise began experimenting in various media forms, which she employed to tell stories. Whether in film, theatre or art, Luise has worked her way through almost all creative stations, is passionate about concepts and ideas. One way for her to implement this passion was as editor and co-director for the documentary "Mission Lifeline". The film breathes her look, her ideas and also her dramaturgy.

Awards + Festivals

  • 34th DOK.FEST MUNICH 2019 (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)May 8, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS 2019 - FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Vegas, USA)July 26, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • 1st WEST EUROPE - FUSION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)August 17, 2019
  • 8th SLUM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nairobi, Kenya)August 23, 2019
  • 24th CAMINHOS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Coimbra, Portugal)November 23, 2019
  • 3rd COURAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)April 21, 2020

Trailer

Crew

Director
Markus Weinberg
Co-Director
Luise Baumgarten
Screenplay
Luise Baumgarten
Producer
ravir Film GbR
Co-Producer
usp-management UG
Director of Photography
Dino von Wintersdorff, Markus Weinberg
Editor
Luise Baumgarten
Colour Grading
Felix Göpfert
Sound Design
Edward Sikorski
Music
Sophia Crüsemann

Cast

Axel Steier
Sören Moje

Details

Running Time
67:08 min
Shooting Format
Digital HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

ravir film
Steffi Rostoski
Heinrich-Cotta-Straße 5
01324 Dresden

+49 (0)351 2633284
s.rostoski@ravir.de

DIRECTOR

ravir film
Steffi Rostoski
Heinrich-Cotta-Straße 5
01324 Dresden

+49 (0)351 2633284
s.rostoski@ravir.de

DIRECTOR

Markus Weinberg
+49 (0)172 3520648
markus.weinberg@gmx.de

Luise Baumgarten
+49 (0)177 4258862
luisebaumgarten@googlemail.com