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INDI FILM

presents

a fi lm by AGOSTINO IMONDI & DIETMAR RATSCH

Germany, 2010, 96 Min., 35mm

an INDI FILM production


in coproduction with NOIRFILM and RBB
in cooperation with ARTE

funded by GERMAN FEDERAL FILM BOARD,


MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG,
GERMAN FEDERAL FILM FUND,
MEDIA - PROGRAMME
and MFG FILM FUNDING BADEN-WURTTEMBERG

German distributor: GMfilms

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release date: S th Apri l 2010

www.neukoelln-unlimited.de

© INDI FILM, noirfilm, RBB und ARTE, 2010

PRESS CONTACT: Jasmin Knich c/o Entertainment Kombinat GmbH


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Tel: +49 (0)30 2977 2920 - Fax : +49 (0)30 2977 2979
Key Cast Hassan Akkouch, Lial Akkouch, Maradona Akkouch
Writer Agostino Imondi
Director Agostino Imondi, Dietmar Ratsch
Director of Photography Dietmar Ratsch
Editor Agostino Imondi, Lars Spath
Dramaturgy Raimund Barthelmes

Sound Agostino Imondi


Score Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel (Tonburo Berlin)
Sound design Antonio Paule Harzer (BASISberlin)
Sound mixing Florian Beck (BASISberlin)

Media design Bjorn Muller


Animation Benjamin Kniebe, Julia Dufek

Production Manager Rainer Baumert (RBB)


Executive Producer Arek Gielnik
Comm issioning Editor Dagmar Mielke (RBB/ARTE), Birgit Mehler (RBB)
Co- Producer Nico Hain, Boris Michalski, Prof. Didi Danquart
Creative Producer Sonia Otto
Producer Arek Gielnik, Dietmar Ratsch
NEUKQLLN UNLIMITED

The siblings Hassan (18), Lial (19) and Maradona (14) are talented musicians and
breakdancers growing up in Berlin's notorious Neukolln district. HipHop and streetdance
are their language and their passion.

Their family is from Lebanon and lives in constant danger of being deported from
Germany. To prevent this from happening, and to secure a residency permit for the
whole family, Hassan and Lial have a plan: to use their artistic talents to provide the
necessary financial support for their family.

When the two teenagers have trouble coping with the pressure, a rivalry arises over who
should be the family 1s primary t:.>readwinner.
Meanwhile, Maradona gets himself into more and more trouble, and is suspended from
school. He is at a crossroads, torn between motivation and resignation, between his
siblings' ambitious lifestyle and the street credibility of his crew.

However, his surprising qualification for a TV casting show could prove to be the turning
point. If he wins the 100,000 euro cash prize, he could be the one who saves his family.

News release

NEUKOLLN UNLIMITED takes an authentic and honest look at the lives of Neukolln
siblings Hassan, Lial and Maradona, who are fighting for their family's right to reside in
Germany. The camera is always present - at school, during their vocational training, in
their apartment, and of course where they are happiest: during their song and dance
gigs, the breakdance battles and contests.

The rapid-fire pace, lively beats and animation sequences take NEUKOLLN UNLIMITED
beyond the usual cliches about immigrants and problem neighborhoods.
HASSAN

"When you grow up, you first have to under-


stand that you aren't a foreigner. You're
German. After that, integration is simple be-
cause you say, This is my country. I want to
work here too."

UAL

"We're living in the year 2009 and meanwhile


there are some families - including my own -
who practice equality. That's a complicated
business; you have to be living in the midst of
a Muslim family. Ultimately, it has nothing to
do with Islam or religion. It just has to do with
how and where you grow up."

MARADONA

"Today I was suspended from school


again ....Today of all days I said, I'm going to
all my classes and I'm going to work hard
and everything. And then you go there, and
some teacher comes in and says, "Go home."
It's like you have this beautiful house, and
then somebody comes in, boom, like a mis-
sile. Right on the first day."
DURING A FIGHT, HASSAN
ACCUSES HIS SISTER OF NOT
GIVING THEIR MOTHER ENOUGH
OF HER EARNINGS. LIAL
RESPONDS ANGRILY TO HER
BROTHER'S ACCUSATIONS.

Lia l: I give Mom money every month.


Not a lot but ...

Hassan: It's not about how much.

Lial: Don't talk shit, man.


I pay my own medical insurance.
Have you ever thought of that?

Hassan : OK, how much is that? 240? 250?

Lial: Yeah, and I have to pay rent from that?


How much do I have left? Nothing.

Hassan: How much rent do you give her?

Lia l: I don't feel like talking, really.

Ha ssan: I 'm listening the whole time.


It's just my opinion.

Lia l: But your opinion is disgusting.

Hassan: It's not disgusting.

Lial: You only listen to other people.

Hassan: What other people?


I see you at home, other people don't.

Lial : You exaggerate.

Hassan: I was completely normal.

Lia l: No you weren 't .

Hassa n: I exaggerated, as always.


It's always like that, always will be.

Lial : Mind your own bullshit!


The film music was written and produced by composers Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis and Tim
Stanzel (TonbOro Berlin). The musicians were inspired not only by the hip-hop and dance music
played at breakdance battles, but also the traditiona l music of the Middle East.

This eclectic mix reflects the protagonists' life-between-two-cultures, and paints an accoustic
portrait of daily life in Neukolln. Other songs in the film were written and performed by the
protagonists themselves, produced by the Berlin independent label Foreign Flavour. Particularly
noteworthy are Hassan's political rap lyrics, which are autobiographical and accurately reflect the
attitudes of many youths with an immigrant background.

One of the film's main focuses is, of course, dance, which for our protagonists is not merely a
hobby, but almost a philosphy.

"Dance to survive" could well be our heroes' and


heroine's motto. It is through dance that they
hope to gain financial independence for their
family, thus securing their permanent residency
status in Germany. In addition to the different
subgenres of streetdance, a variety of other
dance genres will be highlighted, for example
modern dance and expressionistic dance.

Especially the latter is favored by Lial, Hassan


and Maradona to express their attitude toward
life. Thus, in "Neukolln Unlimited" these dances
serve as a cinematic metaphor for the siblings'
coming of age.
For the filmmakers, the protagonists' process of coming to terms with their past plays a major role
in the dramaturgy of this film. In their own individual ways, each of the three young people must
process the trauma resulting from being deported from Germany. Each of them must cope with
this trauma in their own individual manner.

To convey these experiences credibly and to take the audience along on this emotional journey,
Agostino I mondi and Dietmar Ratsch decided it was important not to show the historical context
by using the classical documentary style of so-called "talking heads'' giving interviews.

They wanted to find a way to convey the experience of being deported and of feeling like a
stranger in one's homeland, in this case Lebanon. They needed something that would remain in
the audiences' memories long after having seen the film .

Because graffiti is a major artistic method of expression in the hip-hop and breaker scene, the
directors decided to portray past events in the style of comic strips.

Comic strip artist Benjamin Kniebe developed the drawings. Animation specialist Julia Dufek made
the individual drawings come to life. The challenge of the animated sequences lay in portraying
the drama without appearing unintentionally funny.

Since "Neukolln Unlimited" is a low-budget production, complicated animation scenes were


avoided and drama was created with the help of music, sound design, and, especially, Hassan's
anecdotes.
AGOSTINO IMONDI

Ever since I began to work in the media, the


issue of human rights has always been of
particular importance to me. I was always
especially interested in the fates of people
seeking asylum. I was primarily interested in
their experiences in their host country, as
opposed to their back stories in their native
countries. Western governments like to
emphasize their commitment to democracy
and human rights. Nevertheless, many of
their laws must be described as inhuman.
Thus, government attempts to regulate
immigration often collide irreconcilably with
the private destinies of real individuals.
In the media we are often confronted with tragic
stories of immigrants. In many of these
productions I am bothered by the lack of strong
and emancipated people who refuse to be
victimized, choosing instead to resist. These
characters often lack complexity, which would
make the protagonists more authentic and the
films more credible. This is precisely what
''Neukolln Unlimited" is all about. Lial, Hassan
and Maradona are three very personable young
people who are actively building their future,
who face plenty of difficulties, but who choose
to carry on. Sometimes, too, they are coarse in
an innocent, youthful manner. But to me, that's
part of their charm.
To me, the fact that Hassan and Lial may
remain here, thanks to their temporary
residency status, while the rest of the family
is to be deported after 16 years, reflects the
absurdity of an immigration policy that is
implemented all too often without
consideration of the individuals involved. Our
politicians like to point out that the family is
the backbone of our society - only to tear
apart families with such laws. The selfsame
politicians bristle at the lack of integration -
yet deport people who have lived perfectly
integrated lives here for years
To me, Maradona's attempts to support the
family by competing in a tv talent show
demonstrate the very limited possibilities
available to ethnic minorities. They may be
good enough for the media's entertainment
circus, but other careers are almost
impossible for them to attain. My 14-year-old
protagonist is already thinking about these
issues. He is motivated - as are most of his
contemporaries - by the desire for fame and
fortune. Because "exotics" are en vogue in
the media, these shows convey the
impression that everyone has an equal shot
at success. Young people with an immigrant
background are hip. But are they really
accepted by society? Or are they merely just
fodder to confirm the stereotypes?

The Akkouch siblings' battle is a fight to


secure a decent livelihood in this country. It
is a struggle for the security and safety that
only a family can really provide. It is a fight
to resist being deported to a foreign country
that, because of its political instability, is
anything but safe.

Our film shows people in a particular


environment who are especially affected by
the discrepancies of our time. Emigration to
Europe is not a marginal issue; it is one of
the biggest challenges facing Western
nations. There are no easy solutions. We
want to show individuals who are holding
their ground in a conflict-ridden context
deeply influenced by societal developments,
necessities and individual interests.
DIETMAR RATSCH

When I heard about the Akkouch family, I was


immediately convinced their story should be
told in a documentary. During the initial
photoshoot of the youths I was impressed by
their authenticity and eagerness. These takes
have made it into the finished film.

The family's fight against deportation has been


going on for 16 long years. The oldest three
children, Lial, Hassan and Maradona, are not
only very dedicated, but also very strong and
fascinating personalities. Growing up for the
most part without a father, each of them has
had to struggle for his or her position within the
fam ily. From this inner battle, they seem to
draw the strength needed to combat the
government's attempts to tear their family
apart.

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dispels prejudices and stereotypes with
respect to tolerated resident aliens in
Germany. I would like to express my heartfelt
thanks to the Akkouch family for the candor
and trust they showed during the process of
making this film. I hope all the family
members will gain German citizenschip and
that we will celebrate with a huge potato
party.

AGOSTINO IMONDI
Agostino Imondi was born in 1975 in Basel. 2000-2003 he worked as a director of
photography and editor for the Austral ian TV station 11 Channel 31 Melbourne".
2003-2004 he took the Director's class at ,,Scuola di Cinema" in Rome. His first short
film ,,Waking up the Nation" was screened in official competitions of various interna-
tional film festiva ls.

FILMOGRAPHY

DIRECTOR

2010 NEUKOLLN UNLIMITED (Production: INDI FILM, with noirfi lm and


RBB/ ARTE) in co-directing with Dietmar Ratsch

2006 WAKING UP THE NATION (Production: Tondar Films)

2004 ORANGE FARM WATER CRISIS (Production: Friction Films)


in co-directing with Christina Hotz

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/ EDITOR (SELECTION)

2008 AM STRAND : AK-KRAAK VIDEO MAGAZIN 25 (Production : Ak-Kraak)

2005 AK-KRAAK 24: DAS TIEFSEHMAGAZIN (Production : Ak-Kraak)

2003 ATTRAVERSO I CONFINI (Production: Indymedia Italia)

2002 HOLIDAY CAMP (Production: Tall Storiez Productions)

2001 BEST OF ACCESS NEWS (Production: SKA TV, with Channel 31 Mel-
bourne)

2000 MELBOURNE RISING (Production: SKA TV, with Channel 31 MelbournE


DIETMAR RATSCH

Dietmar Ratsch was born in 1970 in Soltau, Germany. 1993-2000 he worked as a free-
lance cinematographer for various broadcasters and production companies. In 1998 he
also was a steady cam and crane operator for SWR (German TV). 1995-2000 Studies
of Documentary Filmmaking at Baden-Wurttemberg Film Academy, implementation of
and cooperation in several short films and documentaries. 2000 diploma "Director for
Documentary Film". Since 2001 managing director of INDI FILM GmbH for fiction and
documentary productions.

FILMOGRAPHY

DIRECTOR AND CINEMATOGRAPHER (SELECTION)

2010 NEUKOLLN UNLIMITED I Director & Camera (in co directing


with Agostino Imondi, Production: INDI FILM, with noirfilm
and RBB/ ARTE)

2006 RICHTER: LEBENSLANGLICH / Director & Camera


(Production: INDI FILM, ARD)

2005 JUNGE HERZEN / Camera (Director: Torsten Truscheit, ZDF,


12x30 min)

2004 AFGHAN 'S DON'T FLIRT I Camera (Director: Jochen


Frank, Production : INDI FILM, SWR, German Television
Award - Funding Price 2005)

2003 LANDLIEBE /Director & Camera (Production: IND! FILM


GmbH, SWR)

2000 ICED LEMONADE FOR HONG-LI/ Director & Camera


(Production: INDI FILM, Wine Country Film Festival 2001 -
Grand Prize International Arts)

1999 IM NAMEN DES VOLKES / Director & Camera


(in co directing with Torsten Truscheit, NOR)

1997 STEINFLUG /Camera (Director: Susanne Franzel, German


Short Movie Prize - Gold)
SONIA OTTO

Sonia Otto was born 1971 in H6xter, Germany. After she completed her degree in cu -
lutral studies and audiovisual media in Berlin and Seville Sonia Otto worked as an
author and assistant director on several documentaries and short films. Since 2001
she supports IND! FILM as a creative producer.

FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION AS CREATIVE PRODUCER)

2010 NEUKOLLN UNLIMITED (Director: Agostino Imondi & Dietmar Ratsch)

2008 BASTION OF SIN


by Thomas Lauterbach, Festivals: DOK Leipzig 2008 - German competition (Winner
of Golden Dove), Kassel Documentary Film and Video Fest 2008, FILMZ Festival of
German Cinema Mainz 2008, Filmschau Baden-WOrttemberg 2008 - Prize of the
Film Industry Baden-WOrttemberg, BaKaFORUM Basel - SRG SSR idee suisse Prix
2009, Vision du Reel 2009, Canadian International Documentary Festival HOT
DOCS 2009

2007 ONE WHO SET FORTH - WIM WENDERS' EARLY YEARS


by Marcel Wehn, Festivals: et al. Berlinale 2007 - Perspective German Cinema,
Kassel, Rio de Janeiro, Torino, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Seoul, FIFA Mon-
treal, Buenos Aires, Banja Luka, nominated for First Steps Award 2007, Distributor:
Arsenal, In cinemas: January 2008, World Sales: First Hand Films, Switzerland

2005 THE UNWANTED


by Sarah Moll, Festivals: et al. Leipzig, NOrnberg, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Filmfestival
Turkey/ Germany 2006 - Ongoren Award for Democracy and Human Rights, broad-
casted by SWR 2006

2004 AFGHAN'S DON'T FLIRT


by Jochen Frank, Festivals: et al. Hof Int. Film Festival 2004 - Eastman Award , IDFA
Amsterdam 2004 (First Appearance Competition), German Television Award 2005
(Funding Prize), World Sales: First Hand Films, Switzerland

FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION AS AUTHOR & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR)

2008 CLUB SOCIAL DE BUENAVISTA


Co author together with Carsten Moller, Director's Assistance
90 min., Cine Zara Film Production Leipzig
Festivals: DOK Leipzig 2008

2006 RICHTER LEBENSlANGLICH


by Dietmar Ratsch, broadcasted in German TV (ARD): December 2007

1999 NACIDO BOCARRIBA


1999-2002, Author/ Director/ Editor
Documentary, 54 min.
Festivals: Ethno Film Fest Berlin 2000
AREK GIELNIK

Arek Gielnik was born 1969 in Poland. After he finished his studies of audiovisual media
in Stuttgart, Germany, he and Dietmar Ratsch founded the INDI FILM GmbH Ludwigs-
burg (in 2001). As producer and managing director Arek Gielnik is responsible for the
development and production of creative documentaries and feature films for national
and international cinema- and TV-markets. In 2004 he participated in the EAVE-training
and project development programme for European and interantional audiovisual produ-
cers.
FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION)

2010 NEUKOLLN UNLIMITED (Director: Agostino Imondi & Dietmar Ratsch)

2008 BASTION OF SIN


by Thomas Lauterbach, Festivals: DOK Leipzig 2008 - German competition (Winner
of Golden Dove), Kassel Documentary Film and Video Fest 2008, FILMZ Festival of
German Cinema Mainz 2008, Filmschau Baden-Wurttemberg 2008 - Prize of the Film
Industry Baden-WOrttemberg, BaKaFORUM Basel - SRG SSR idee suisse Prix 2009,
Vision du Reel 2009, Canadian International Documentary Festival HOT DOCS 2009

2007 ,,ONE WHO SET FORTH - WIM WENDERS' EARLY YEARS"


by Marcel Wehn, Festivals: et al. Berlinale 2007 - Perspective German Cinema,
Kassel, Rio de Janeiro, Torino, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Seoul, FIFA Montre-
al, Buenos Aires, Banja Luka, nominated for First Steps Award 2007, Distributor: Ar-
senal, In cinemas: January 2008, World Sales: First Hand Films, Switzerland

2006 ,,Richter: Lebenslanglich"


by Dietmar Ratsch, broadcasted in German TV {ARD): December 2007

2005 ,,The Unwanted"


by Sarah Moll, Festivals: et al. Leipzig, NOrnberg, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Filmfestival
Turkey/ Germany 2006 - Ong0ren Award for Democracy and Human Rights, broad-
casted by SWR 2006

2004 ,,Afghan's don't flirt"


by Jochen Frank, Festivals: et al. Hof Int. Film Festival 2004 - Kodak Award, IDFA
Amsterdam 2004 (First Appearance Competition), German Television Award 2005
(Funding Prize), World Sales: First Hand Films, Switzerland

CO-PRODUCER IN INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS

2007 ,,La Tomb 33 - An Egyptian Mystery"


by Thomas Weidenbach, documentary, HDTV, a co production of SEPPIA Film Produc-
tion Strasbourg and INDI FILM, in co-production with SWR/ARTE, France3, Historie,
MFG, CNC, Region Alsace

2007 ,,Die Vatersucherin"


by Sandra Lohr, documentary, a co-production of NGF Nikolaus Geyrhalter Film Pro-
duction Vienna and INDI FILM, in co production with ORF, Vienna Film Fund, Austrian
Television Fund
Company Profile

INDI FILM was set up in 2001 by the producer Arek


Gielnik and director Dietmar Ratsch as a documentary
and feature film production company in Ludwigsburg.
In 2006 INDI FILM established its branch office in Berlin.

INDI FILM GmbH


Konigsallee 43
D-71638 Ludwigsburg

INDI FILM has worked successfully with young talents as well as established authors. We
produce genuine and authentic films with 'un certa in regard'. Our attention's drawn to cre-
ative documentaries demanding in both content and style. With our documentaries we
don't want to report about, but experience matters of different regions, cultures, and pers-
pectives. For these reasons we produce our topics as 'grand-format' and for cinema au-
diences if possible.

Managing Director/ Producer AREK GIELNIK graduated from Stuttgart Media University
(HdM) in the year 2000. During his studies as well as after his graduation as a master of
audio-visual media, he was employed as a Unit Production Manager with the German
broadcaster SOdwestrundfunk (SWR). With INDI FILM Arek Gielnik as the executive/ dele-
gate producer is responsible for project-development, -financing and - production issues.

Managing Director/ Author and Director DIETMAR RATSCH worked eight years as an inde-
pendent cinematographer before he graduated from Baden-WOrttemberg Film Academy as
a director of documentary film . With INDI FILM Dietmar Ratsch manages the post-produc-
tion department. Apart from that he directs his own documentaries within our portfolio and
contributes creatively to projects of other cl ients as a director of photography and/ or script
advisor.

Creative Producer SONIA OTTO joined the company in 2002. She is in charge of documen-
tary development and project monitoring . Sonia Otto is a graduate of Cultural Sciences
from the Humboldt University Berlin and of audio-visual Communication in Seville, Spain.
She worked as an independent author and assistant director on several shorts and docu-
mentaries.

INDI FILM has its roots in the documentary " Iced Lemonade for Hong Li" which today's
managing directors Dietmar Ratsch and Arek Gielnik produced in 1999/2000. After com-
pleting th is project, that had its premier at the Berlinale 2001,. they founded the INDI FILM
GmbH at Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Over the first years INDI FILM focused on the production of creative documentaries, but al-
ready "Iced Lemonade for Hong Li" inspired Arek Gielnik and Dietmar Ratsch to write a fea-
ture film script. In 2004 "Still Memories" (WT) formed the foundation for the production of
feature films. In the same year Arek Gielnik participated in the leading training and project
development programme for European and international audiovisual producers (EAVE)
with this project. Since then INDI FILM developed various feature film scripts, among
others the children's film "Nelly's Abenteuer" by Jens Becker.
INDI FILM was set up in Ludwigsburg, due to our relations to talented professio-
nals from the Baden-WOrttemberg Film Academy, the TV-Broadcaster SOdwes-
trundfunk (SWR) and the MFG Film Funding Baden-WOrttemberg. From scratch
INDI FILM produced six creative documentaries for the TV-slot "Junger Dokumen-
tarfilm" for the SWR. Furthermore INDI FILM cooperates for several years with
broadcasters like ARD, ZDF, RBB, WDR, 3SAT, ARTE and ORF. Several productions
have been released in cinemas before their broadcast and were awarded at natio-
nal and international film festivals. For example:

AFGHAN'S DON'T FLIRT


by Jochen Frank, Festivals: et al. Hof Int. Film Festival 2004 - EASTMAN Award,
German Television Award 2005 (Funding Prize), Funding Prize of the Baden-
WOrttemberg Film Industry

BASTION OF SIN
by Thomas Lauterbach, Festivals: et al. BaKaFORUM Basel - SRG SSR idee Suisse
Prize 2009, Prix Europe 2009 - Special Citation, DOK Leipzig - Golden Dove 2008,
Funding Prize of the Baden-WOrttemberg Film Industry

INDI FILM cooperated on an international level with Seppia Strasbourg ("Tomb 33


- an Egyptian Mystery"), Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion Austria ("Die Vater-
sucherin"). We coproduced documentaries on national basis with the production
companies: noirfilm Ka rlsruhe ("Neukolln Unlimited") and atmosfilm West ("Being
Kosher", a Gerd-Ruge-Scolarship winning concept of director Ruth Olshan) and line
produced with Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion Berlin ("Zwischen Wahnsinn und
Kunst - Die Sammlung Prinzhorn" an Adolf- Grimme-Award winner in 2008) as
well as with Boller and Brot Productions ("Der GroBe Navigator") .

INDI FILM is a member of the German Producers Alliance - Film & Television.
FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION)

IN DEVELOPMENT

nAMONG FRIENDSn (WT)


by David Bernet, documentary 90/52 min., a production of atmosfilm West, Bernet
& Partner GbR, in coproduction with INDI FILM

nFOR.EVER ANGELn (WT)


by Marcel Wehn, documentary 90 min.

nHABIBI RHAPSODr
by Michael Baumann & Sabine Westermaier, feature film 90 min.

nANTHONY'' (WT)
by Daniel Oliver Bachmann, feature film 90 min.

IN PRODUCTION

nBEING KOSHERn
by Ruth Olshan, documentary 52 min., a production of atmosfilm West, in copro-
duction with INDI FILM and SWR/ARTE, supported by Film Foundation NRW

FINISHED

nNEUKOLLN UNUMITEDn
by Agostino Imondi & Dietmar Ratsch, documentary 90/52 min ., 2010, In copro-
duction with noirfilm and RBB/ARTE, supported by MEDIA 2007 Development
Fund, Film Funding Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board,
German Federal Film Fund

nDER DRACHENn
Director: Sawat Ghaleb, Shortfilm, 36 min., iraki-german Co-Production

nBASTION OF SINn
Director: Thomas Lauterbach, Documentary, 79 min. SWR, Internationales
Leipziger Festival fOr Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm 2008 - Golden Dove in the
German Competition, Kassel Documentary- and Videofest 2008, FilmZ Mainz
2008, Vision du Reel 2009, Canadian International Documentary Festival Hot Docs
2009, 19. Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2009/ Competition, 31st
Moscow International Film Festival 2009
nDIE VATERSUCHERINH
Director: Sandra Lohr, Documentary, 40 min., HOV, Co-Production with Nikolaus
Geyrhalter Filmproduction, ORF, BBC, ZDF/ Arte

noNE WHO SET FORTH - WIM WENDERS' EARLY YEARS"


Director: Marcel Wehn, Documentary, 96 min., HDV, in Cooperation with the
Filmakademie Baden-WOrttemberg and SWR, Berlinale 2007 - Perspektive
Deutsches Kino, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2007 - official selection, 44.Taipeh
Golden Horse Film Festival 2007, 8. Seoul int. Film Festival - official selection,
2008 in Cinemas across Germany: Arsenal Filmdistribution; DVD-Distribution :
Kin owe It

nAGYPTEN - DAS RATSEL UM GRAB 33w


Director: Thomas Weidenbach, Documentary, HOV, 52 min., a coproduction of
SEPPIA Filmproduction Strassbourg and INDI FILM GmbH

nRAY sTAP BACK - EINE STEPPTANZLEGENDEw


Director: Nathalie Schwarz & Teresa Renn, Documentary, DV Cam, 60 min, SWR,
Kassel Dokumentarfilmfestival 2006

nRJCHTER: LEBENSLANGLJCHH
Director: Dietmar Ratsch, Dokumentarfilm, DVCam/Movie Tube, 90min, SWR/ARD

UTHE UNWANTEDH
Director: Sarah Moll, Documentary, DVCam, 60min, in Cooperation with the
Filmakademie Baden-WOrttemberg und dem SWR, Internationales Leipziger
Festival 2005, Filmfestival Turkey/ Germany 2006 - bngoren Award for Democracy
and Human Rights, NOrnberg, Refugee Film Festival Tokyo, Sao Paulo Int. Film
Festival, international perspective

nAFGHANS DON7 FURTH


Director: Jochen Frank, Documentary, Super16, 75min, SWR, 38. Internationale
Hofer Filmtage Oktober 2004 - EASTMAN Award; IDFA Amsterdam 2004, First
Appearance Competition, Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2005 (Forderpreis)

nLANDUEBE"
Director: Dietmar Ratsch, Documentary, DVCam/Super16, 90min, SWR
"Prix du public et des habitants" at the 8. Festival "Camera des Champs" Mai 2006

nMAISON DE FRANCEH
Director: Stefan Suchalla, Documentary, Digi-Beta, 60min, SWR, Produktion :
Eiken SOdwest in Cooperation with INDI FILM, Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2004
( Forderpreis)

nTHE GREAT NAVIGATORw


Directors: Wiltrud Baier & Sigrun Kohler, documentary, DVCam/Super16, 90min,
produced by Boller und Brot in cooperation with INDI FILM, co-produced by ZDF
Kleines Fernsehspiel,
- 29. Biberacher Filmfestspiele , 16th Dokument Art Neubrandenburg, European
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Director: Dietmar Ratsch, Documentary, 35 mm Blow up, 90min, SWR, across
German cinemas in Januar 2003, Berlinale 2001, USA Wine Country Film Festival
2001- Grand Prize International Arts (PROGRESS Film-Distribution)
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