The conquest of inner freedom

The conquest of inner freedom

The conquest of inner freedom

               Genre: Documentary
               Berlin, philosophy, prison, dokleipzig2009, conversation, Socrates

with Socrates in prison

  At the end of his life, the Greek philosopher Socrates, who had tormented the Athenians with his probing questions, and subtle dialogue, landed in jail. He was a corrupter of youth, he was also accused of the things always go to the bottom. And so he was sentenced to death and had to drink the hemlock. The freedom of thought, led them straight into the slavery of the prison and eventually to death.

In the documentation, the conquest of inner freedom is the way vice versa. She describes an unusual experiment to come to the Greek thinker and his methods in a modern prison for the application. The prison in Berlin-Tegel is the world’s only company to offer its occupants Socratic discussions. The two directors Silvia Kaiser and Aleksandra Kumorek have accompanied these talks, and interviewing the detained participants and accompanied in their everyday conversation. Your film is a passionate plea for more philosophical practice and shows an example that might make the school. Among other things, also because it demonstrates that Philosophy is not a purely academic matter, but only remained alive, if it deals with the real concerns and needs of people. True knowledge, knew Socrates, can only come from the man himself, the (trained), a philosopher is simply a midwife for the truths and insights that have to figure out the conversation participants themselves.

Six talks are what the film shows, each with different priorities. As concerns the “value of life” to the “kick of the crime” to “truth and lies” to the “burden with others” to the “inner freedom” and to “Freedom: Inside and Outside” . In addition to these talks, which are led by two trained philosophers, it is of course to the participants themselves, to Stefan, the drug dealer, Gaston, contract killer, Thomas, the car slides, Gordon, the cocaine dealer, coaches, the burglar and murderer, the Sigmund murderers and other serious guys. How to learn the big boys by talking to reflect on their actions and to readjust their value system that, despite a very quiet and look thoughtful staging exciting and makes sure that you think ahead to again and again caught here, the issues of the Greek philosopher .

The conquest of inner freedom is a film that shows that the thinking and questioning of Socrates, still may have its meaning – even in prison, and when people one the ability to applied philosophy, not at first strictly accords. And he also made clear in what situation people are in prison – far away from all stereotypes.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The conquest of inner freedom Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2009 Length: 85 (Min) Rental: Real Fiction

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