One of the most impressive documentary film shootings for me was at the agency MAGNUM PHOTOS in Paris in 1998. Photographs I have seen a thousand times were on the table in it’s original form as photographic negatives. In every little angle in this kingdom of pictures I could feel the energy of Capa and Cartier-Bresson and all the others. One day we were invited by HCB for lunch. I remember a light flooded apartment above the Tuilleries gardens and a little old man asking me to sit next to him. He was one of the most funny and at the same time decent hosts I ever met. Finally he gave me a little buddhist book and told me to read it over and over again. What I still do, until today. “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Urmila wants to change Nepal. This young woman fights with admirable energy against centuries-old social structures. She has but one goal: the end of child slavery. Her political activities drive her to assume responsibility for others, but must also think of herself.
Three women are slaving away in a laundry in Hamburg. Their wages are low but they cope with their everyday lives with dignity − and find a quantum of happiness from time to time.
An associative journey in pictures: a rapprochement to Italy, the people who live there and the places where they live and work in the form of a documentary essay accompanied by Federico Fellini, and determined by personal memories and impressions during moments of encounter and discovery. “When you shoot a film, you don’t really know what it is about. (…) despise the sickness of our age: the need for ideology, the addiction to false clarity. Everything is tried by the tribunal of reason which analyses, makes a diagnosis and prescribes the treatment for that which cannot be understood, for the unconscious, our “dark zone” that feeds on the confused, the unexpected, the changeable and makes us feel uncomfortable and afraid. And yet, in fact, this is an extraordinarily precious part of us; why do we want to eliminate it and mutilate ourselves?” Federico Fellini, 1984
EASTWARDS. Encounters in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania ten years after Reunification. A journey through the most northeasterly state of Germany, in which we encounter people who tell us of their lives under the GDR and since the collapse of Communism. It becomes increasingly clear that there is a conflict today between their desire to live in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and the feasibility of doing so. Through impressions and tales from the countryside, far from the main towns and cities, we search for common ground and points of difference between people from East and West Germany.
Marrying in white – is it still a dream? A social-milieu-study in the hugest store for wedding dresses in Paris. About the people looking, trying and buying and the women sailing those ”dreams in white”. Le marriage en blanc – est-il toujours un rêve? Une étude sociale dans le plus grand magasin pour les robes de mariée à Paris. Il y a des femmes et hommes qui s’informent et achetent, il y a les vendeuses, qui vendent les rêves. Existiert der Traum von der Hochzeit in weiß immer noch? Eine Milieu-Studie in dem größten Kaufhaus für Brautmoden in Paris. Über die Kundinnen und Kunden, die sich informieren und kaufen und die Verkäuferinnen, die diese „weißen Träume” täglich bedienen.
ANNE WACHIRA – PORTRAIT OF A HOMELESS MOTHER SYNOPSIS Anne is a refugee from the countryside in Kenia. She was deported by the state to Nairobi, because of clashes in her village. The 41 one year old mother and her 3 daughters are homeless, living now on the streets of the kenyan capital. Despite her desperate situation the family tries to escape the circle of poverty and harm with incredible motivation. A close portrait of an admirable family. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN Germany, 1998 LENGTH 8 Min. MASTER 4:3 TV-FORMAT analog beta SOUND stereo LANGUAGE EN, overvoice DE BROADCASTER Auslandsjournal, ZDF
These pictures were drawn by children in a refugee camp in 2005. They flew from Darfur / Sudan into Chad and found a place in Bredjing. Unfortunately most of the families are still living here. And don’t see any chance of going back to their villages because of ongoing ethnical clashes. links: Shadows of Fate – a refugee childhood Shake hands with the devil – Romeo Dallaire The Silence – Gilles Peress