Berlin is a freeze frame – of motion and stagnation all at once. Perhaps no other metropolis is so torn at the moment, so characterised by a state of “raging stasis”. Forward motion is merely a form of posturing. “Poor but sexy” has always been the most bold-faced of all perfidious lies. And techno is the echo of the past. Everything changes, only to stay the same in the end. Escape and sanctuary go hand in hand in this city and there is a ton of longing latent in the searching movements of its inhabitants, caught in life’s repetitive loops, queuing, on hold, hoping to break out, hoping to kick a hole in the fabric of suspension.
Ben Voit // Deutschland // 2019 // 14:00 min
Habitat, Human Rights, Identity, Migration, Old age, Work
Nightshift, on call with a winter rescue van for the homeless. The check-in list is long and the scattered fates numerous on this journey through the lived realities of Berlin’s unhoused.
Connor Gaston // Deutschland, Kanada // 2020 // 13:40 min
Disability, Human Rights, Old age, Politics
A former Stasi informant has hidden herself away in her apartment after the fall of the Berlin Wall. When her son shows up with a present for her birthday, the fear of reprisals starts to run high.
Otto Lazić-Reuschel // Italien, Deutschland // 2020 // 19:59 min
Identity, Migration, Politics, Work
Najib, Manu and Jörg cross paths in the Kreuzberg dawn. All three are wrestling with the diverse realities of life in Berlin, each in his own way.