GG 19

GG 19

GG 19

  It was a strange, powerful, distinctly ambitious project, the Berlin director and producer Harald Siebler, initiated in 2003. The 55th Birth of the Constitution, he called together with the Master School Berlin, the screenplay screenwriter of the nation, for the first 19 articles of the law, which compose the so-called fundamental rights, according to a script, which comprise approximately in the cinematic adaptation of the length of six minutes should. The response was impressive with 482 proposals submitted, and it could also be won numerous political, cultural institutions, corporate sponsors, committed filmmakers and actors, and even entire cities to support the project. Thus began in 2005, the enormously complex implementation of the project with a small budget, but very committed a large number of contributors and advisers in the background, under the overall direction of Harald Siebler. The result of this logistically complex staging of the constitutional human rights by not less than 19 directors will now be laid out as an episodic movie GG 19 seen in cinemas.

But how are shaping the film adaptation of a legal text? Quite obvious: His statement is translated into a substantial little story that is thematically preoccupied with precisely this, which are in the control error and failure to be contrasted with the lofty ideal of the law. Thus the audience during the opening episode of the director Johannes von Gwinner to Article 1 of the inviolable dignity of the human witness, as a family man is being tortured as a victim of a brutal attack at his home in a bestial way. The short film on the freedom of religion (Article 4) by Boris Anderson represents the family conflict is a deeply religious girl, whose secular demonize parents set their passion for Christianity positively. Suzanne by Borsodys contribution to Article 7, which is defined as the state supervision over the school system, the difficulties of a German-Muslim teacher, whose parents come from Iran and maintains her head wrapped with a cloth. With the freedom of assembly enshrined in Article 8 is concerned, the initiator Harald Siebler himself by an old lady with the message “can never again” to demonstrate in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, which causes considerable discomfort to the guards and eventually receives unexpected support.

That these scenarios fit as the proverbial fist on the eye, is characteristic of the Basic Law 19, which revolves around the central question of whether human rights in Germany at the beginning of the 21st Century actually be respected and put into practice. The discrepancy between ideal and reality, between constitutional text and its use, and often loss-making practice, sets the tone of the film to move into the clear intention that his audience to reflect on the significance of these values enshrined in the Basic Law. And take it in parts without regard to the fact that a thumb in the eye of the viewer hardly encourages me to sharpen his eye.

Unfortunately, the ambitious project succeeds only to a small extent, so that once again see that good intentions do not automatically mean well done. Pedantic, ponderous as queer German lawyers and some unintentionally funny, this omnibus film done little to generate a sense of respect for the articles of the Basic Law.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: GG 19 Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2007 Length: 149 (Min) of material: ( #) NFP Distribution

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