All fathers

All fathers

All of my fathers

               Genre: Documentary
               Identity, family, search, father-son relationship, Berlinale 2010

One who set forth …

  Jan’s father is not his father. Jan Weiss that and takes this fact as a starting point for a very personal documentary project about the search for his biological father. The only two and a half weeks of shooting all my fathers resulting documentary is a real surprise – not only for the viewer. Highly emotional, while he revealed genuine entertaining events that make up a lifetime in 90 minutes go by so quickly. Whenever a director carries a personal issue on its own even in his film, are self, vanity, and often embarrassing the usual suspects. The thoroughly likeable and genuine emerging young director Jan Raiber is superior to this suspicion. According to its producer, but first he thought and hoped that he would not appear in his film personally. He is not about self but about finding the truth. The presence of the camera and sound equipment with which he arms himself to serve him here as a tool and catalyst to expose and confront old family secrets open to all members of it. Jan Will clean up across the board.

, But his mother wants to leave does not even shoot. The brother is shocked to learn that he is only his half-brother. The nurse on the other hand knew about it already from the grandparents. The mother is struggling with it, she is the key figure of the whole enterprise, and provide for her son establish contact with Uwe. The grandparents do not recommend an acquaintance. January sums up courage and adopt a foreign man for him who paid child support 18 years for him to recognize as a son. A cautious approach begins. But as an E-mail is bursting inside his mother, Jan’s current film project and certainties of his life is radically question: Uwe was not Jan’s father, there had been a man because, sooner or …

Now, where Jan has triggered the avalanche, the mother jumps on him for the sake of their shadow and suddenly reveals what she really only had her son on her deathbed to tell. But there are still taboos: The mother wants him to his grandparents told them prefer nothing. The grandparents again, not too much shocked when Jan opens up this fact yet, give him again the well-intentioned advice, the recent alleged biological father better tell nothing about it, because it could recover the alimony.

In the midst of this emotional chaos of human relationships is found Jan and gradually gets scared of his own courage. In an emotional discussion with his siblings and parents at the kitchen table to break out his doubts and his uncertainty of it. The film focuses on the way, also the filmmaking itself, the self-a documentary filmmaker, to be there with the camera: If he has a problem is to make contact with the camera in critical situations in front of family members, as it should because only then please as a director reach out to strangers? His whole existence suddenly sees in January called into question. But he is insistent. Jürgen, his step-father supports him, wherever he can. And then dashing his mother (who themselves “sailors”) which had brought about confrontations with the false and with the biological father with one, certainly due to their uncertainty, eloquent vehemence to the front, which leaves viewers to pause the air. After all, a man opened after 30 years that he is not father of the child, for which he dutifully paid child support and he just wants to build a relationship. The other man named Harald, whose existence has just heard is in January, just as suddenly confronted with a son of whom he knew absolutely nothing. And Jan, through all this profoundly shaken, must get in these situations, first with his feelings.

Jan Raiber has for his graduation film at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg took all his courage together and at the end of three rewarded: with a consistently successful, dramatically powerful documentary, with a knit family, which now is expected to deal with a new openness with each other and finally found an unexpected relationship with his biological father.

(Kirsten Kieninger)

Title: all my fathers Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2009 Length: 89 (Min.)

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