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Mama arbeitet im Westen – Eine Kindheit in Polen

Documentary Film
58 minutes

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Anita Rehoff Larsen, Tone Grøttjord
Åse Svenheim Drivenes
Eirik Myhr
Michał Jarosiński, Jacek Gruszka
Åse Svenheim Drivenes
Håkon Lammetun, Petter Fagerlund, Bartosz Idzi
Katja Wildermuth
Kuba is 13 years old, his brother Mikołaj is seven. Kuba wakes his brother up, asks him to eat breakfast, the boy refuses. They go out to together to buy some crisps and walk home hand in hand. At night they sit at home and play computer games. There’s something missing in this daily routine: where are the adults?
Kuba’s and Mikołaj’s parents are not in the same country as their sons. Their father works in Scotland, their mother in Austria, while the sons are waiting in Poland for one of them to come home. At school Kuba is not allowed to tell that the two boys are alone, and the construction seems indeed to be tottering only when Kuba reaches his limits and behaves conspicuously.
The film is a disconcerting demonstration of how responsibilities have shifted with the labour markets and how economic problems can lead to passive violence against the weakest members of our society.
Special Screening MDR 2014
Nur der Pole bringt die Kohle Markus Stein

Poles are the new Germans – conquering villages and real estate markets in the abandoned eastern German border regions. A whimsical sociological study of the new Europe.

Nur der Pole bringt die Kohle

Documentary Film
89 minutes

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Olaf Jacobs
Markus Stein
Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
Miriam Tröscher, Bernadette Paassen, Rasmus Sievers
Anna-Maria Hora
Andreas Kannengießer, Gianpiero Tari
Silke Heinz
The border between Poland and Germany fell in 2004. At first the Poles feared that their rich neighbours would buy up their land and property. Ten years later things look different: a new movement has started in the almost abandoned villages of the provincial East German border regions that turns all familiar stereotypes of the binational relationship upside down. The drop in real estate prices made a region that until recently attracted attention only because it was depopulated, as the young people, who had no perspective, moved away, attractive to Polish families from the wider Szczecin area. One after the other they move “across”. They earn enough money to afford houses here and at the same time live near their workplaces.
The Poles are conquering the lonely expanse of their West. The only working mobile phone network is Polish, the real estate companies are firmly under Polish control, there’s an association that helps them deal with the German authorities and the local building society is advertising German child benefits. The new arrivals learn German and send their children to the European School. A whimsical sociological study about cheap real estate, typical Poles, typical Germans, the other and the new Europe.