DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Status and Terrain


Status and Terrain




CATALOGUE TEXT
The title already indicates that this is about two levels. History and the present, archive and presence – these are the terms Ute Adamczewski uses to describe the tension between state and terrain. The series of dichotomies could be continued with “image and sound”. What we see in these two hours are towns, places and landscapes in Saxony. They all have a connection to events immediately after the Nazis seized power in 1933. At that time the hunt for political opponents began which affected so many that numerous, partly improvised prisons and camps were built in the area.

An off-screen woman’s voice calmly reads from documents of the period, supplemented and expanded by memoirs of those affected from the post-war period. Historical-political aspects are added successively. In the GDR, only those who had fought against fascism were regarded as “victims of fascism”. Jews were no victims in that sense. This finds a remarkable parallel in the fact that even the Nazis in their attempts to bring order to the persecutions of 1933 (still) excluded the Jews: “Foreign descent is no reason for protective detention.” An impressive film about the presence of the past, both in form and content.

Bert Rebhandl



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film and the VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness.


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Credits
Original Title: Zustand und Gelände Country: Germany Year: 2019 Language: German Subtitle: English Runtime: 119 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Ute Adamczewski Producer: Ute Adamczewski Cinematographer: Stefan Neuberger Editor: Ute Adamczewski Sound: Ludwig Berger Script: Ute Adamczewski, André Siegers
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