Film Archive

International Programme 2016
Do Not Resist Craig Atkinson

A country on its way to becoming a police state: a journey through the US featuring astonishing material about the military industrial complex that’s behind the shootings of black people.

Do Not Resist

Documentary Film
USA
2016
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Laura Hartrick
Craig Atkinson
Grayson Sanders
Craig Atkinson
Craig Atkinson, Laura Hartrick
Scott Weber
Those were the days, when Hollywood allowed the world to laugh at American police recruits who stared at their guns as if they were flat irons! Of course reality was never like “Police Academy”. Today, however, regular police operations occasionally resemble cinema plots – of war movies. “Do Not Resist” opens with apocalyptic images from Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of the 18-year-old African-American Mike Brown in August 2014 was followed by protests against police violence. In the heat of the night heavily armed policemen advance, guns ready, accompanied by an armoured car. What exactly is their mission here? And who protects the rights of the citizens?

Starting in Ferguson director Craig Atkinson embarks on an investigative journey through the U.S. to explore the police methods of tomorrow and finds a lively debate about militarisation and becoming a police state. It’s true: councillors in communities with non-existent crime rates decide to buy armoured cars. Ideologists like police trainer Dave Grossman cite the frontier metaphor and the good-versus-evil formula. Windows are smashed at random in police operations against a few grams of grass. And criminologists examine the technical potentials of early recognition of criminals. The slogan “Yes We Can” acquires a whole new meaning.

Lars Meyer
International Programme 2016
I, Destini Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley

Destini’s brother is young and black, like countless other often innocent prison inmates in the U.S. All the words and lines of this story made up of 10,000 single frames speak of both a distressing individual fate and active solidarity.

2016

I, Destini

Animadoc
USA
2016
14 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Nicholas Pilarski, Kathleen Lingo, Sarah Bassett, Lattina Lennon Riley, Lindsay Course
Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley
Markus Popp, Lucky Dragons, Nicholas Pilarski
Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley
Nicholas Pilarski
Destini Riley, Nicholas Pilarski, Sarah Bassett, Anabela Turlione, Isaac Sagastume, Kamil Adamski
Destini Riley
Nicholas Pilarski
Destini’s brother is young and black, like countless other often innocent prison inmates in the U.S. All the words and lines of this story made up of 10,000 single frames speak of both a distressing individual fate and active solidarity. Destini Riley’s artistic way of coping with grief is also an attempt to fight the prison sentence. The film was made before “Black Lives Matter” became a nationwide movement, as a collaborative effort of 13-year-old Destini and the director.

Nadja Rademacher

Pickle

Animadoc
USA
2015
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Amy Nicholson
Amy Nicholson
Joel Shelton, Tim Schadt
Jerry Risius
John Young
Brothers McLeod
Amy Nicholson
Jose Araujo, Weston Fonger
Pets are only human, too. Debbie and Tom own a farm and have the biggest hearts for abused creatures one can imagine. They have given shelter to hundreds of animals – from cross-eyed Siamese cats to disabled opossums to the Pickle of the title, a poor little fish that became a nursing case and for whom they finally crafted a comfortable sponge corset. A heartbreaking animadoc mini-drama about the tragedy of being.

Ralph Eue

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Documentary Film
Canada,
USA
2016
87 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Brett Story
Brett Story
Olivier Alary
Maya Bankovic
Avril Jacobson
Brett Story
Simon Gervais, Ian Reynolds
One of the pre-eminent characteristics of film and cinema is that they allow us a direct experience of universally visible phenomena of reality. “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” takes this one step further: the film is searching the mundane social environment for traces of an institution of American life that was carefully banished from people’s sights and minds and, by doing this, brings them back before our eyes and minds.

Statistically speaking, more people are detained in US prisons today than at any other time or in any other place in human history. Brett Story’s film is an ingenious documentary investigation into the American prison system across the States. Though we hardly ever see even the silhouette of a real penitentiary, we get a tangible sense of how much these places, which have been pushed out of sight, and their inmates are part of everyday life and at the same time an indispensable economic factor.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2016
We Are Made of Bone Olivia Ebertz

Nowhere else is death celebrated as joyfully and in such baroque fashion as in Mexico. It’s the same in the New York borough of Queens, where migrants celebrate the annual Day of the Death.

We Are Made of Bone

Documentary Film
USA
2016
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Olivia Ebertz
Olivia Ebertz
Olivia Ebertz
Olivia Ebertz
Gonzalo Espinoza
Nowhere else is death celebrated as joyfully and in such baroque fashion as in Mexico. It’s the same in the New York borough of Queens, where migrants celebrate the annual Day of the Death with lots of tinsel, holy water and lovingly decorated skeletons. The Day of the Death makes the living feel they belong to a vibrant community that sticks together even in a foreign land, where – at least that’s what they believe – the dead followed them.

Cornelia Klauß

What Happened to Her

Documentary Film
USA
2016
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Jesse James Malings
Why did the beautiful young woman have to die so cruelly? Hollywood never tires of playing out the same scenario. This found footage film collects the film industry’s repeat offenses by compiling endless half-naked and contorted female bodies, arranged for the male viewer who is usually present in the reverse angle shot: men staring at female corpses. An actress’s off-screen report about her own experience and the excess of images reveal the sexual obsessions behind them.

Lars Meyer
International Programme 2016
Yellow Ana Pérez López

This fruit has been part of our cultural history for centuries and is now threatened by extinction through monocropping and a looming epidemic.

2016

Yellow

Animadoc
Spain,
USA
2016
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Laura Sofía Pérez
This fruit has been part of our cultural history for centuries and is now threatened by extinction through monocropping and a looming epidemic. Ana Pérez López lets us take part in her internet expedition to explore the fate of the Gros Michel banana with alert humour. A finely drawn chronicle which also uses relics of the media and everyday history of the 20th century to retrace how telegenic the industry banana is and will remain. Even if it will soon cease to exist.

Nadja Rademacher