ESU Cinema

We have selected eight interesting films for our ESU Cinema:

Oeconomia Thursday 18.8. 10.00 Cinema room W 200

Photo: Birgit

A film by Carmen Losmann, Petrolio Film GmbH / Deckert Distribution GmbH, 2020, 1:29 h
Our economic system has made itself invisible and eludes understanding. In recent years, we have often had little more than a diffuse and unsatisfactory feeling that something is going wrong. But what?
The documentary film OECONOMIA reveals the rules of the game of capitalism and makes visible in an episodic narrative structure that paradoxically the economy only grows when we are in debt, that profits are only possible when we are in debt.
Beyond the distanced phrases of media coverage, which ultimately make it impossible to understand the monstrous logic behind the basic structures of our everyday lives, OECONOMIA sets out with great perspicacity and lucid stringency to break things down to the simple rules, to illuminate the capitalism of the present.
A zero-sum game is discernible, a game that places us and our entire world in the logic of an endlessly perpetual increase in capital - no matter how much the cost. A game that is played to the point of total exhaustion and is perhaps nearing its end.

Route 4 - a dreadful journey Thursday 18.8. 14.00 Cinema room W 200

Photo: Einsatzboote und ALAN KURDI c Pavel D. Vitko &

A film by Boxfish on behalf of Sea-Eye and Mennonite Relief Services.Germany, 2020, 52min, Director: Martina Chamrad.
From the desert to the Mediterranean Sea: Over 15 months a media team accompanied the sea rescue ship ALAN KURDI during several missions on the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to numerous moving moments at sea, footage was also shot in countries such as Niger, Tunisia, Libya, Italy and Malta. This material, most of which has not yet been published but is very dear to us, we would now like to present to the public in the form of the documentary film "Route 4".
Although "Route 4" is framed by a theme, namely the danger that emanates in and through Libya, it is not the goal to tell a continuous story. Rather, we want to give viewers a glimpse into what they have experienced and seen.
We want to draw attention to problems created by the EU itself. To the suffering and hardships that people face on their journeys, and to the incredible work of NGOs (in this case Sea-Eye), who are the only ones taking on the task of rescuing people in the Mediterranean.                  
Possible film talk with activists* from Sea-Eye.

UBI - Our Right to Live Thursday 18.8. 16.30 Cinema Room W 200

The film explains in 41 minutes what basic income is and what it is not. What are the differences to the minimum wage or social security? What progress has been made in public perception and what pilot studies can be drawn on? He traces its history, explains its motivations and explores why and how the idea has reached a much wider audience and unprecedented support in recent years.
"UBI, Our Right to Live" makes a compelling case for the need for the measure, is a manifesto for UBI in the modern age and an excellent introduction to the subject.
The documentary addresses two of the main factors that put UBI at the centre of public debate: economic inequality and technological development. The risk is the increase in unemployment and the growing inequality between high-skilled and low-skilled workers.
In the debate after the screening of the documentary, we will exchange views on all these issues.


Who we were Friday 19.8. 10.00 Cinema room W 200

A film by Marc Bader, Germany 2020, 114min
A cinematic essay - inspired by the book "Who we were" by Roger Willemsen with Alexander Gerst (astronaut), Sylvia Earle (deep sea explorer), Mathieu Ricard (Buddhist monk), Dennis Snower (economist), Felwine Sarr (philosopher) and Janina Loh (critical posthumanist). We may think that we are simply incapable of understanding the increasingly complex problems facing our planet, but for these charismatic scientists, that is not enough. Whether on top of the world, in the depths of the ocean, in the human brain, at the G-20 summit, or in the heart of the International Space Station (ISS), they are looking for practical ways to save our world. In light of their drive, we must ask ourselves if we, as citizens of the planet, are finally ready to take responsibility - if only for those who come after us and ask, "Who were we?"

The other side often the river Friday 19.8. 14.00 Cinema room W 200

a film by Antonia Kilian, Germany/Finland 2021, 92min

19-year-old Hala escaped an arranged marriage by crossing the Euphrates to find a new home with a Kurdish women's defense unit - a unit that went on to liberate her hometown of Minbij from the Islamic State. For her fellow fighters, the enemy is not just IS, but patriarchy in general, with (forced) marriage as the ultimate institution of oppression.
The young women are trained in combat and educated in the feminist ideals of the Kurdish women's movement. Hala is deeply inspired by these teachings and is resolutely dedicated to the promise of liberating not only more women, but also her sisters at any cost. But is there still room for freedom and even love in Hala's life when her mission takes over everything?
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER depicts Hala's determined, revolutionary journey while illuminating another, parallel life experience: the director's own reflections on being a feminist and cultural outsider in a situation where the term "militant feminism" could well be understood literally.

Luft zum Atmen (Air to breathe) Friday,19.8. 14:00 - 16:00 in room ZE33

A film by Johanna Schellhagen and, Germany 2018, 70min

Wildcat strike at Opel in Bochum 2000 and 2004 / Prehistory - learning experiences - aftermath / Film event with discussion
In 1972, workers at Opel in Bochum founded the "Group of Oppositional Trade Unionists" (GoG). The group existed for over 40 years and stood for radical factory work. The colleagues organised eight-hour factory meetings, fought against sickness prosecution, organised their own educational leave and tried to establish direct international solidarity between the different General Motors workforces in Europe on their own initiative.



Countdown by the River Xingu - the Fight for the Green Lungs of the World Friday 19.8. 16.30 Cinema room W 200

A film by Martin Kessler, Germany 2020, 95 min

Brazilian Amazon, provincial capital Altamira, on the Xingu River. Here, the third largest dam in the world - Belo Monte - has been under construction since 2011: electricity for the "economic rise of Brazil". And the world's hunger for raw materials. That's the official version. But behind the scenes, it's all about billions in "extra profits" for construction companies and politicians.
"This is a criminal organization," says the Catholic Bishop of Altamira, Erwin Kräutler, referring to the current "Petrobras scandal" that is rocking Brazil. European global companies such as Siemens, Andritz or Norsk Hydro also want to earn a lot of money. By building turbines or smelting bauxite into aluminum.
Film discussion with filmmaker Martin Kessler afterwards.

english trailer: 

Trees of Protest #HambiBleibt! Saturday 20.8. 14.00 Cinema Room W 200

A cinematic diary of the climate protest. Germany 2019, 103 min

A long-term documentary about the bitter struggle of environmental activists against the opencast lignite mine Hambach and the energy giant RWE, about climate justice and the movement #HambiBleibt, which gained international attention through the events in autumn 2018.

"A sensual, opulent and impressive film on climate change."- Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival
"A weighty and touching document" - Frankenpost
"Long-term documentary in impressive images" - SWR