2014-2018

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HOW DOES GERMANY GO (2014)

A BANANA FOR MATH (2015)

TO LIVE (2016)

LONELY TOGETHER (2017)

THE SERIOUSNESS OF LIFE (2018)

In 2014, we made the first workshop film with young people from Maria im Tann, "Wie geht Deutschland?" (How does Germany go?), with refugees and locals working together from the very beginning. Unlike in our professional work as directors for film and television, we didn't observe the young people with the camera, but instead developed ideas with them on how to find and stage scenes in a documentary style that explain- in a humorous way- what is new when you come to Germany from far away. A year later, "Eine Banane für Mathe" (A Banana for Maths) was about arriving at school and work and, with a wink, about the question of who cooks at home. With "Gemeinsam Einsam" ("Lonely Together"), our film group tells about coming together, perhaps not sounding cheerful enough to some, a bit of provocation resonates in the title: the losses and injuries that each individual has suffered on their journey here have left a deep loneliness that we should not overlook. But we are optimistic that coming together is possible if one looks closely, perceives the different realities, respects them, also makes compromises. In "The Seriousness of Life", two worlds seem to collide even more strongly. At first glance, the search for a foothold in one's own cultural circles seems to slow down the integration process. But the return to one's own roots contributes to self-determination and enables a new form of dialogue between cultures. Friendship, love, marriage and family are universally questioned. These political themes are told en passant in our film, because for all young people of this world the most pressing issue is that of love and a sense of security. Be it in friendships, in a love relationship, at work or in the dream of having their own family. Some of our protagonists have found their place in life in Aachen in very different ways.

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