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German Competition 2017
Eingeimpft David Sieveking

Subjective and personal food for thought on the controversial subject of inoculation. The director, a family man himself, uses his own dilemma as a starting point for a humorous film about risks, chances and ideologies.


Documentary Film
95 minutes

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Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
David Sieveking
Jessica de Rooij
Adrian Stähli, Kaspar Köpke
Catrin Vogt, Mirja Gerle
Micki Fröhlich
David Sieveking
Björn Wiese
David Sieveking likes to get personal in his films, whether they are about his mother’s Alzheimer’s disease or his own quest for transcendence. In his new film he focuses on an issue that’s causing quite a stir in Germany: vaccination. Anyone who has ever seen the chasms opening up when this subject comes up in a surgery or at a parent-teacher conference knows what he’s talking about. To everyone else we recommend “Family Shots”, because the director manages, in fact, to turn his own insecurity into the starting point of an enthralling film.

The basic conflict sounds almost too simple: father wants the vaccinations, because the doctor advises them. Mother doesn’t because her gut feeling says no. Sieveking takes this impasse as an occasion to examine the supra-personal dimensions of this dissent. Trying to find an objective truth is far from his mind as he sticks to his role of the filmmaker-father, who puts inimitably naive questions to the WHO, the pharmaceutical industry and doctors critical of vaccination and finally comes to a conclusion that’s a pretty good summary of this ideologically charged debate. Sieveking is not afraid of stereotypes while he turns his political subject this way and that until he manages to reach his own, private decision.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Gedanken-Aufschluss, DEFA Sponsoring Prize