Here we have written down a little history of our feature films for you. (You can find more about our short films in the blog)
“Sachamanta” tells the story of indigenous small-scale farmers (Campesin@s) in the north of Argentinia in their successful battle for their land against transnational companies like Monsanto & Co. The unusual success has got its reasons. One reason: The Campesin@s build five radio stations in order to acquire communication superiority in a sparsely populated country. You can watch Sachamanta in full length here.
By 2015 two more films emerged from the crowd financed project “Espejo” (“Mirror”): “Tincunacuy” is a short film and tells the story of the return of the movie “Sachamanta” to the place of its action and to the people whose story is told by the movie: the Campesin@s of the region “Monte” in northern Argentinia. The second film that sprang from the Espejo project we gave the name “No Rest. No Haste.” after a phrase, that we constantly ran into while shooting the movie. People told us, their revolution was done without any hurry but also without pausing. They called it a movement sin prisa pero sin pausa. “No Rest. No Haste.” is a full length feature film, which tells you of the current events in the region. Both films are based on a participatory approach. “Tincunacuy” not only tells of the encounter between the Campesin@s with their own film, but also about the transfer of many messages and letters of the German cinema audience of “Sachamanta” to the people of the region. These same letters and questions and notes contained therein formed the basis of the interview guide we gave us for the shooting “No Rest. No Haste.” Both films are now released. “Tincunacuy” you can watch following this Link. Sachamanta you may watch here.
Since 2012 we are also constantly working on a long-term project that is very important to us: “A German Puzzle“. With this film, we try to capture the German reality beyond and aside from nationalist bullshit and officially designed identities.
Since 2016/17 we are also working (together with the Seeland Media Cooperative) on the youth film project “Stadt.Land.Mut” and with Maria Kling from Studio Kalliope (Potsdam / Babelsberg) on a participatory film about the islands of the Republic of Kiribati.
In 2018 and while on Tarawa (Kiribati) we had to relocate this project to another island state. You can read the reasons for this on our film blog. Participatory filming began in spring 2018 in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with 46 Marshallese participants in 5 weekly workshops, which we set up together with the NGO Jo-Jikum. In the fall, together with a smaller group of our participants, we began to examine the material and develop a dramaturgy. At the end of 2019 we then had the finished film in our hands, which we gave the title “One Word“. The film had its festival time in the course of 2020 and will celebrate its cinema premiere in November in Berlin.
Since July 2020 we have been shooting a participatory documentary about the future of the EU under the working title “Finding Europe”. We developed the project back in 2019 and are now executing it on behalf of the Goethe Institute in cooperation with Studio Kalliope. You can find out more here in the film blog.