Gay and guilty? In 1961, Heinz stroked another man’s knee. As a result, he was convicted to two years on probation and three weekends in juvenile detention, a conviction that still stands to this day. But he is gay and #NotGuilty. More than 50,000 men were convicted under Section 175 of the German Penal Code […]
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The old and grumpy Grandpa Alfred, who produces suitcases, is annoyed because the little Samuel (son of the Jewish neighbors) always enters his store because Samuel has a dream: He just wants to watch and to learn how to produce suitcases. Even though the old Alfred kicked out the little five year old many times, […]
TANGO ON THE BALCONY is a narrative short film about Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia, and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.
A cruel war has taken two brothers’ home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life. Anxious her sons could come in danger if they leave the house. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with. A beautiful Oud. They […]
A young man agrees to support his ex lover during an HIV test. Not having seen each other for a while, they are forced to sit together in the waiting room of an STI clinic. What starts out as an awkward conversation, soon becomes something more tender. Is there still a chance for reconciliation?
In the summer of 2015 thousands of refugees arrive in Berlin. Amongst them are many children. Behind them lie long and, in some cases, difficult journeys. Friends and family are gone, everything is different, everything foreign. For Berlin based child and youth circus Cabuwazi it is immediately clear that something must be done. An independent […]
BUCK. Michael is 18 years old and at age where he prefers listening to loud music rather than thinking about future responsibilities. His father, however, is a hunter and at an age where he likes to savour the peace and quiet of the woods while contemplating his son’s future. On a morning after a night […]
In the – near future- decadent metropolis of Athens suicide is illegal, while citizens have no other desire but to die.
“Do you want me to tell a story?“, Valentina asks. She is wearing army pants and a track-suit top. Her hair is wild with a tiny clip. She entrusts us with why she wasn’t born a boy, as it should have been. Nevertheless Valentina knows every detail of her family history: how her father won […]
A group of young Ethiopians is gathering in a hall. Some of them instruct the others what to do by calling them by their names. Each student faces the camera for a moment. Later, other formations inside the hall are taken, which happens through performative actions: new shoes are put on, a starting line is […]
In an age of online cruising and sex apps, having sex in parks and public bathrooms seems like a thing of the past. But for Hank Major, a 70-year-old gay African-American gentleman from Philadelphia, picking up guys on the street or at old-school cruising grounds is still very much a way of life. In this […]
“Leaving home, ‘I’ got a phone call. As ‘I’ answered it, the house exploded. ‘I’ went to work and continued as normal”…
UNCLE VASSYA. Leaving behind Saint Petersburg Wasilij drives to the north of Russia to see his grandma’s house where he spent his childhood days. A bitter sweet poem about youth.
After the death of his father, young Dorjee realizes what it means to be Tibetan in his own country, which is now called China. During the Tibetan uprising in 2008, Dorjee is caught by the Chinese police and spends 6 months in prison. After his release, he has no choice but to leave his family […]
OVER PRESSURE. Everyone knows it, everyone has it. No pressure in the kettle means deadlock. Nevertheless it always seems to strong. Pressure is not tangible, pressure is mostly transparent. But if it is high enough it is noticeable. OVER PRESSURE (ÜBER DRUCK) cinematically searches for its manners in our everyday life. It shows truth, personality […]
Kamal has a dream: he wants to fly, but many say paragliding is an impossible dream for a man in a wheelchair. An inspiration in the Paralympic community, he’s helped many beat the odds. Now it’s his turn to try.
Set against the backdrop of Late-Nineties Belgrade, TATA tells the story of Marko, a widower and single father, who is struggling to survive in the post war economic crisis. His main goal is to secure his daughter Azra’s future and to buy her a dress for prom, so far the most important day of her […]
Accommodating a refugee in your own apartment? Maxim is against the idea from the outset. What he does not know is that Julian, his flatmate, has already done it. This personal journey of responsibility, acceptance and dealing with the expectations of his socially committed girlfriend ends with a situation, in which Maxim must reveal his […]
Secondo Me throws the spotlight on three cloakroom attendants at three European opera houses: Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan, and Odessa Opera House. Sitting in the shadows of the operatic performances, the cloakroom attendants wait for the final act. Their work seems simple and monotonous. But their real lives, both inside and outside […]
Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.
Cape Town. Three men from Zimbabwe who came to South Africa in search of work and a better life, now spend their days on the side of a street, hoping for a job. An intimate look at what it is like to be a homeless refugee living on the streets of an afrophobic country and […]
The women’s shelter in Stuttgart: 50 rooms, 50 residents, 50 destinies – and in the background the rattle of the trains. Sylvia wants to get out of the shelter and back to her own apartment. Carola loves the place like her home, especially her view from the window. Gabi has come to terms with the […]
In the vertiginous Bolivian highland, Cerro Rico, a mountain of long tradition and of great significance rises. Since over 400 years people there are mining for silver. The movie offers an impressive insight into the hard and dangerous daily routine of Cerro Rico’s miners. Dust, hollow hammering and the headlights generate a unique and bizarr […]
THE DESTRUCTION OF ORDER. One morning a young women suffers a fit. An event that questions habits and privileges, but it also marks the beginning of a quest to find a new way to look at the world.
Beat expected his friends. The five meet annually in the house of Beat’s father in the mountains. He has something special prepared: His funeral. He was abandoned by his girlfriend. He feels failed. Beat wants to say goodbye to the circle of his friends before he is going to poison himself. But it does not […]
THE HOSTAGE The Hostage fetches Friedrich von Schillers ballad about a friendship beyond death to highly topical today’s Berlin: Two refugee girls exchange their identities, because one of them shall be deported and desires to say goodbye to her lover. The airplane with her best friend is about to start. But she runs to free […]
THE SWELLING In the near future. Surveillance is omnipresent. Cameras and drones belong to the common cityscape like traffic lights. The sky is gray and environment seems dead. Here “X-33“ lives in a rundown apartment complex, where strange things occur. A peculiar and pulsing bulgelike object in the wall follows him permanently at every turn. […]
Tilda is shy and lives surrounded by her dolls. The only contact to the outside World is Pastor Krause. She starches and irons is ruff but would never dream of looking him in the eye. One day during communion, when the pastor spills wine on his freshly stached collar everything changes.
In a dry, barren landscape, a herd of cattle is grazing, accompanied by dogs, looked after by cowboys. Step by step the seemingly peaceful place starts to prove fallacious to the viewer – while the cows end their day as it begun.
Ambitious journalist Leo is working for Russian state TV, covering the war in Ukraine. At the ‘2013 Ukraine Peace Talks’ in Berlin, Leo’s camera man Felix happens upon a secret conversation recording between politicians. Both political and moral values come into question for these two journalists.
NIGHT OF LOVE. A man feels that he had been fighting but was defeated and is today in a state of confusion. In a particularly intense moment, while in the arms of his beloved, he faces the question of whether his self is still able to embrace life or whether it has been destroyed forever.
TO THE STARS. Stella, a young composer kills herself. Transformed into a self conscious muse, she is inspiring great artists all over the world with the help of Nuria, a psychic. But one day she has to inspire her own sister, a famous violinist, and a secret comes up that puts her in a terrible […]
A young woman needs your help to find her life purpose. STREAM OF DOUBTS is a drama short-movie about your place in the cosmos. Sort of.
RHYTHM An old man heard about an african tribe which does not grief for their dead elders, but celebrates their life at the moment they leave this world. This thought keeps spinning in his head. He has a big family but the only connection between them is hate. The man feels trapped in a world […]
Michael, a young man living in rural Ireland, struggles to adjust to a sudden change in his furtive lifestyle.
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. Jonas works at the hand baggage screening at an airport. He is obsessed by preventing the next terrorist attack. But neither his colleagues, nor his boss appreciate his commitment. His attention is raised by the suspicious behaviour of a Muslim colleague. Is this Jonas chance to finally get the recognition he […]
Isaac, an African refugee, becomes stranded on an island in the West. But the supposed paradise turns out to be his private hell. Driven by pain and anger, he makes his way across a country full of contradictions, which highlight his dreadful past and elucidate his tragic journey to Europe. The loss he thereby had […]
THE TROLLEYBUS-MAN is an absurd superhero comedy about the mechanic turned superhero who is fighting to preserve thing he loves the most – the trolleybuses. Vilnius Trolleybus Park (no one really knows why the place where trolleybuses are docked is called “park”) is sold to a young investor, who wants to change trolleybuses to more […]
A family portrait told through Super8 footage and old tapes from 1975-77. In it’s essence the question about belief. A boy and his dilemma to stand between the wish for freedom, struggle in adoleszenz and strong urge for Christian enlightenment from his family background. At the same time the few back on death of parents […]
HOW I WANTED TO BECOME FAMOUS Andreas has a problem. He wants to be a stuntman. Most of all as his idol Arnold Schwarzenegger. But after he discovered the new Internet platform Youtube everything changed.
THE BROTHER Mike is autistic. He and his younger sister Suse are hiding in abandoned barracks. He wants to go back home, but she intends to stay. While Mike begins to explore the new terrain, Suse is concerned not to be found. She knows that their father is looking for them.
EAT SNOW Sarah, Gerda and Leonie know each other from the chat room. They meet in a small village and walk together into the woods to commit suicide in a small tent. Before they can start their last journey they see themselves confronted with their decision to die, their thoughts about life and death and […]
David (41) tries to cheat the death of his wife Evelyn (37) through the help of cryonics. When they wake up from cryo sleep in the far future, they find themselves to be alone and trapped inside a deserted cryo facility. But even after hundreds of years David has to learn the hard way that […]
The film tells the story of Robert and Louis, a gay couple since several years living in Berlin. What’s missing is their own child, so they decide to work on it. How? They ask Louis’ sister Svenja for being their surrogate mother. The film tells the meeting of the three to do the insemination between […]
After years of conflicts with his father, Omid chose to leave his home and his family behind. After several years, Omid finds out that his father has passed away. He comes back to visit his big brother. But the story seems to repeat itself.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT IT? Totally different people are meeting each other in six scenes. All of them have one thing in common: They all think that they already know everything there is to know about each other without having ever spoken a word with one another. They judge each other by stereotypes and […]
THE SMALL GRAIN OF RICE It’s the story of a special encounter between two strangers in the town Daegu in South Korea. The true story of a great inspiration leading to the formation of the first SOS-Children’s Village outside of Europe.
LITTLE HERO Doug is a 12 year old boy, who has terminal cancer. He lies in hospital, full of fear of the unknown. He feels lonely , because of his mother, who can’t take it anymore to visit him at this state. The hospital staff is busy with their work too. But then the mysterious […]
Mikelis, a mathematician working for the European Union, is sitting in a hotel room in Brussels, one day after his retirement. He is waiting for what he knows will be his last visitor, Carl. But only through meeting the maid Ada, the dark secret of his life’s work is revealed. Ada is going to be […]
CARRY ON It is wintertime. The landscape is bare and grey. An isolated farm is located next to the woods. An old married couple lives there. Their life consists of every day activities which they are not capable of coping with any more and, furthermore, mostly of boredom. For his daily work the farmer has […]
Germany 1944 during World War II: The ukrainian forced labor Valentina escapes out of the labor education Camp next to the small german village Langenzenn. Rescued by Martin and his parents she is hidden in their barn. An acid test for Martin, his family and the solidarity of the whole village.
FLYING It’s Nadia’s 15th birthday. Instead of celebrating with her friends she takes care of her drug addict mother. To earn their living Nadia is working in a chineses restaurant. Due to the clash of hope, fights and reconciliation the life with her drug addict mother becomes an intoxication for Nadia herself. Trapped between responsibility […]
SMALL FISH IN THE SEA Anne (25) wants to spend the day in the park with her little sister. She is being watched by a shy boy, who draws her repeatedly without her permission. In the meantime her ex boyfriend is harassing her. As the shy boy tries to intervene, he confronts the ex boyfriend. […]
THE SKY IS BLUE EVERYWHERE When Marc is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he doesn’t know how and when to tell his girlfriend Sophie about it.
ZERO-G. Originating in the Parisian suburbs, Parkour is a “kinetic” art form that involves jumping walls and other obstacles in urban environments. It also evokes the feeling of weightlessness inherent to big cities but which is gradually disappearing. Schwerelos follows a group of Parkour “tracers” from Vienna and slam artist Fatima Moumouni, who pens a […]
WORK FOR ONE DAY “Tagelöhner Syndrom” (“Work for one day”) observes the daily routine at an official daylabourers’ office in Berlin Neukölln. Every morning at half past four, federal employment agent Schröder shows up with a jug of coffee in the window between his office and the waiting room. That is when the waiting and […]
GOD WILLING RAFAEL, member of the criminal organization LOTUS , has to finish one last job. On the way he meets YASMIN who is running away from her abusive husband. A chase and a defective lighter will change their lives.
Two completely different women, reliant on each other, struggle to get along for one evening. When Rose is released from prison, her former prison guard, the lonesome Marie, offers her a place to sleep and work. They enjoy their first night in Marie’s apartment. But soon it turns out that the two women have completely […]
The 70 year old “Djado Ivan” lives in Grivitsa, a small bulgarian town close to the romanian border. In close communion with nature and his many animals, he spends his life on his small farm and thereby maintains his very own rhythm of life. In order to portray his life, Silke Meya (Director) and Laura […]
A car drives through the snow. Behind the wheel is Nelly. She is thirteen years old. Nelly wants to go home. Separating her from her goal are three questions, two keys, a diving tower and a racing heart.
Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed. Hand-drawn animated Documentary about a murderers time on death row and the conflicts about his guilt and destiny.
THE CULPRIT A young man is accused of a crime. He confesses and doesn’t show a sign of regret. On the contrary – the young man seems to be proud and fully convinced of what he did…
LOOKS tells the story of a gray lynx that doesn’t quite fit into a world of colourful animals. He’s being excluded and bullied by the coloured animals. On his search for acceptance and belonging he finds himself resorting to drastic measures… The film deals with social exlusion and bullying and aims at children from 4 […]
THIRST FOR LIFE Yaya, a pregnant white woman, has been attacked by two men. Her black friend Emeka had to witness everything without being able to help. A third man pushed him to the ground and degraded him. Yaya loses the unborn. She falls into a pit of selfdestruction and doubt. Will Emeka be able […]
Letter to God is a film about the power of faith – irrespective of belief or religion. A lonely widower discovers that he is dying and after a series of mysterious encounters decides to do the only thing he can think of: write a letter to God. “A poignant tour of the Azerbaijani capital’s Old […]
ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE. A journey from Africa to Berlin turns into an unexpected journey from childhood to adulthood. The film centers around Arlette, a 15-year old girl from the Central African Republic who suffered severe injuries during the last war. In Berlin a surgery frees her from her year-long pain. This changes her […]
Muhamad and Ahmed, two gay People, trying to live both Lives, in a society that does not accept homosexuality. Honest reactions and statements on a religious, traditional and barbaric society.
SHADOWBOXER Shadow boxing is a training exercise where the boxer trades blows with their reflection. In other words, a shadow boxer is someone who fights themself. After committing a violent felony, passing an anti- violence training is Ahmets last chance to take his personal and occupational future into his own hands. A challenging test that […]
THE CABINET DECISION Israel and Palestine, two entities competing over their one beating heart. Will they both survive?
Would you want to live another life? A rich old man uses all his money to get his mind and soul transferred to an artificial young and healthy body that he may use for eleven years, while his old body is kept safely in a cryogenic vessel. He meets a young woman and falls in […]
Who needs a home and family when you’ve got four wheels? A man leads an organized life. He jogs each morning, works in the office nine to five, picks up the laundry once a week. True, he lives in his car, and he hasn’t seen his wife and daughter for a while. But don’t we […]
The young Afghan woman „Nabilah“ is injured in an accident. German soldiers take her to a military base. Since the residents of Nabilah´s home town must not find out about her physical contact with foreign men, a race for her life begins.
WISHING WELL Strong-willed development aid worker Karla comes to Afghanistan in order to build a well. The villagers only treat her with reserve and the well is sabotaged by strangers repeatedly. The only person who could have the key to the causer is the Afghan girl Rona, but she remains silent. Her hard-bitten boss Reinhardt […]
THE METAMORPHOSIS Gregor Samsa is an attractive, agile and successful young man. He earns a lot of money, works in the Berlin-based start-up industry and has a beautiful girlfriend, Claudia. His daily routine is clocked through to perfection, he gives everything for his job, does sports and eats healthily. Actually, he’s going to achieve everything […]
Freya must return from London to her small Norwegian village when her beloved mother Anne is dying of cancer. There, she has to face her grieving, estranged stepfather and find a way to connect with him – or lose both parents for ever.
FOREIGN BODY For weeks there has been a foreign kidney inside the body of the fifty-five-year-old carrier WOLFGANG KRUBER. The illegally bought “new life“ begins to totter when a ransom note from his supposed donor calls Wolfgang back to Istanbul – the place which he would have loved to erase from memory. After his arrival […]
Hip hop, heroin and living on the streets – for over three years, this was the life of young rapper Chris, a.k.a. KoolKasai. A subway rapper, searching for a way back into society. Drugs, parties and jail were the stations on his journey. Diverted from the question of his own self-worth, on the search for […]
DISABLED FOREIGNERS Emre has Turkish roots and he is in a wheelchair. He meets Laura, who wants to write her Master’s thesis in sociology about him. Emre however just wants to meet the pretty student again, so he agrees. It becomes difficult to determine what is flirting and what is scientific research.
Sry bsy – no time for nothing. Not even for spelling in full the words “sorry” and “busy”… This digital 2D animation is about obsessions, compulsions and the pressure of keeping up with the challenges of modern working life. By combining a dark sense of humor with absurd elements, sry bsy is amusing and disturbing […]
The true story of „B.“: Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart?
In 1970, Kosovar Albanian Ismajl »Smajl« Hoxhaj only came to Germany to buy a tape recorder. But it is only now — more than 40 years later — that he left Germany to go back to Kosovo as a pensioner. In the meantime, he has bought many tape recorders, started a family and, as a […]
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE It is the story of Jan whose world has changed and with it also his perception as he has only got a vision of 5% left. Bit by bit he is developing a seeing with the whole body where all senses are used.
KEEPING BALANCE Denise, a 20-year-old girl, visits nearly every day the Viennese ‘Prater’ amusement park to take some rides with the electronic ‘Tagada’ carousel because it helps her to get over her difficult past.
THE UNIVERSE IN US A strange biological malformation is detected inside the body of young dancer Li – a second, fully developed heart has grown in her chest. Doctors are mystified. Their search for possible causes remains inconclusive. While specialists encroach upon her body trying to examine the smallest molecule, Li refuses to see her […]
HER SON Gregor is a musician and dreamer. He likes his life – as long as he doesn’t have to explain himself to his mother Irène. Long ago he gave up hope of being more than a less well-off son for the successful gallerist one day. A radical deterioration of Irène’s health status is forcing […]
On a hot summer‘s day, lonely Franklin is invited to play with other kids for the first time since moving to a new village. But when the children stumble across a recently moved-in house and observe his mother, things take a drastic turn – and Franklin once again has to play a role that he […]
HE AND SHE Thomas is on his way to a life that includes only himself and his girlfriend… but when she breaks up with him, the dream goes up in smoke. Then he meets Annemarie at a lonely rest stop. As he tells the quirky old woman about his failed relationship, he comes to realize […]
WHAT IF… Every day life presents us with new options. Every moment we are making new choices that we are often unaware of. We have learned to be the creators of our own lives in the decisions that we make, and often we take this for granted. The human mind bares the ability to think […]
First it’s paint bombs, followed hard by riots. Tweets proclaim what is to be done. Resistance is everywhere. Something has to give. Two young activists meet amid turbulent events. They dance. the city belongs to them.
THE TREATMENT „The Treatment“ tells the story of isolated patient Linus. More and more a rigid routine consisting of meals, exercise, lulling music, irritating smoke and examinations by his only attachment figure Dr. Frei causes him suffering. One day Linus notices the massive door to his room has been left ajar and he takes the […]
THE OLD MAN AND THE CAT Out of a profound longing for company and social contacts, an old, lonely man fantasises about a perfect world. Together with his imaginary cat he celebrates his 80th birthday. Suddenly the doorbell rings. His young, pretty neighbour is standing at the door.
Twenty years after the end of Apartheid, school bullying continues to be a significant problem in South Africa. Regardless of the grade level, socioeconomic environment, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, bullying can happen to anyone and for any occasion. Intolerance, frustration, ignorance and racism are some of the sociological backgrounds, but these are just theoretical […]
A tap dancer performs, while elsewhere people run from the tear gas of the police. Two worlds apart ̶ if it wasn’t for an unexpected opening in the floor, right in front of the dancer… She decides to jump, and lands in the middle of the social protests in Istanbul. The dancer witnesses the people’s […]
Two orphaned teenage brothers leave their remote mountain village behind to seek their fortune in two separate major cities. Meanwhile, their young neighbors anxiously await the return of their father, a migrant worker who left the village a year ago. This is the story of four boys from the Chinese countryside, their hopes and dreams, […]
*** ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE 2016 *** *** WINNER AUSTRIAN FILM AWARD 2016 *** A divorced father picks up his eight year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey.
Inspired by true events which took place in Southern Germany in the winter of 1945, “Das Problem des Schnellstfluges“ (The Problem of the Fastest Flight) tells the story of an engineer’s harebrained scheme to build a manned rocket made of wood. Humorless scientist Erich Bachem meets young pilot Lothar Sieber when he is ordered to […]
“Apricot Trees” plays in Anatolia. Due to the traditional family structures only the son can come into an inheritance. Thus the wish for a son is great. For this, Ibrahim accepted a lot. Every action seemed reasonable. With this he enormously changed the life of his family.
WE COULD HAVE, WE SHOULD HAVE, WE DIDN’T… Sunday night in snowy Germany. On television, the usual news about refugee disasters on the coast of Italy, in the kitchen Sushi is being stacked on a plate. A couple tries to spend a cozy evening, but suddenly a stranger, who is freezing outside, is ringing the […]
Sun Sun Sun shows humans in their real surroundings. An attempt to preserve and condense their fleeting everyday life. Impressions of a day of an addict’s monotonous life, always with the same cycle of running, finding money, gambling and taking drugs. A restless person, who can’t access himself anymore and who is trapped in his […]
The people of this remote village in the Black Forest don’t talk much, but when they do, it’s in the Alemannic dialect. Hanna (21) has travelled far to work here. She shovels manure, milks cows and tries to cope with the farmer, Uwe Kiefer (39). Rather than sell his milk, he pours it down the […]
A tale of being different – and growing up.
Toni is a fisherman in Lampedusa. He sees men, women and children traveling from another continent. Who are these migrants arriving by sea on an island at the entry door of Europe, leaving it as soon as they can if they didn’t die before on their paths? Through Toni’s testimony, intercut by animation that underlines […]
Din and his family live in a small village several hours from the port city of Chittagong away. To feed his family, he and his close friend Amin head off to search around the city for work. After a long and disappointing day at work they stroll around the darker parts of the city. Looking […]
Over night Gadaffi´s hotel in Central Africa lost its patron. The gardener still waters the forecourt for the absent guests. The security guard leaves his uniform in the wardrobe for now. And the Tunisian manager of the hotel takes care of a ghost hotel. Together we wait for a message from the new owners.
Look away or intervene? When a black man is victim of unfounded, racial abuse in a packed bus, there is only one passenger who won’t ignore the situation like everyone else.
Two Sugars As Always is telling the story of elderly Klara dealing with her son Paul trying to move Anton – Paul’s father and Klara’s husband – to a retirement home. Klara still believes that she can take care of him by herself…
A documentary about beach boys in paradise who imagine paradise somewhere else. Low Season tells the story of an encounter with Sony a beach boy in Bali who dreams about leaving the island one day to find a better life in the West. A documentary with fictional elements about hopes, dreams and expectation in a […]
In an idyllic fishing village a poet is living between intoxication, desperation and prayer. But what is it that made him a broken man? The personal fate of the protagonist becomes an universal anti-war-story.
Amir is a deaf-mute refugee from the Kosovo. Jana is illiterate and lives in Wuppertal. Although the two can’t communicate, a subtle connection evolves between them, up to the point when his past takes its toll…
The beauty of autumn has arrived in full force once again. Out in the retirement home garden, Hans is enjoying the last rays of sunshine with his son, Peter. Hans is happy with his little family, and would be able to the approaching eve of his life with contentment… if it weren’t for one old […]
Grumpy Henry just wants to watch a football game but the TV-Signal is disturbed. So he gets the idea to join the football evening of his neighbors. But they don‘t even think about inviting such a disliked fellow. An evening-odyssey begins. A story about seeking and expecting help from strangers.
This film tells the story of Mr. X, but his identity, and his face, are never revealed in it. Mr. X is a West-African asylum seeker living in Berlin without a work permit. As his exposure might put him in danger, he is the one holding the camera instead of appearing in front of it. […]
At the end of Washington Boulevard, where Los Angeles’ streets merge into the ocean, the Venice Pier begins. The rough concrete pier braves Pacific storms and provides stillness and stablity to its visitors. Here, we meet two immigrants who take us on their journey through history.
What is it like to grow up into a world, which is on the verge of disappearing? Descending from a long line of actors in an ancient Indian theatre tradition, the ten-year-old Sreehari, searches for a stage on which to perform his art, in a world which leaves tradition behind in its quest for modernization. […]
The USA are easily willing to solve political conflicts by military means. But when the own people is threatened by increasing weather desasters like Katrina, no effort is made to change that. The global warming is being driven further on. This is the statement of this ironical music clip.
Berlin. Grisha, a Russian-German boy, fools around with a wooden stick toygun. The longer he plays, the further he is thrust into an altered reality. The boundaries between the past and the present, the real and the surreal, start to blur. Images from bygone Berlin appear; streets and buildings still carry the memories of war. […]
Ruth cares for her mother Hilde who is suffering from dementia. Both women are broke because the care devours every last cent. Only the approval of the ´level of care 2‘ can still save the two women. But when the case manager from the medical advisory service comes by to evaluate Hilde’s health condition, suddenly […]
He is a silent man. He walks the streets, watching, looking for the right place. He finds it. In the middle of a market. He sets up a stand. But instead of selling his goods, the silent man gives them away for free. The other sellers watch. They feel provoked. The situation escalates. They lose […]
Homophobia is not funny, everything else is!
L’Chaim! is a glimpse into the unusual life of Chaim Lubelski. He had a wild past as a hippy in Germany, London and Paris, before he became a millionaire in New York and a professional chess player in St. Tropez. When his mother needs care, Chaim decides to move in with her into the elderly […]
Freedom of the press is one of our greatest assets. We just need to make journalists aware of abuses and defend this fundamental right. But we must also focus on self-critical on the way we work. Freedom of the press is regularly put to the test. The short film “20zwoelf” – the video essay www.20zwoelf.de […]
The idea for the video essay “Neue Nähe” was created in autumn 2010. As a volunteer at the Axel Springer Academy and following the success of their teams with the cross-media project “Little Berlin” written and produced Sonja Vukovic in collaboration with moderation and video coach Christian Stahl and with the support of cross-media director […]