SECTION: Homeland | Domownja | Domizna

31FFC Sektions Button Heimat A lot of ground is covered between the works of Toni Bruk, the grandfather of Sorbian film who sadly passed away last year, and those of its youngest representatives: venerable tradition and experimental breaks therewith. An experiment by the Cottbus State Theatre assists in coming to terms with the virus, whilst a Czech documentary film attempts the same with regards to structural change.

Whilst the works of Toni Bruk take viewers back to Sorbian existences of the 80s and early 90s and thus a world that has now almost disappeared, the younger generation demonstrates a self-empowerment and a new, also feminist approach towards traditional imagery, rituals and symbols. Dealing with the pandemic and industrial upheaval are both very much of part of the world they inhabit. Two feature films search for answers with very different means. Home remains a fascinating place.

The series was curated by Dr. Grit Lemke.
The HEIMAT I DOMOWNJA / DOMIZNA series is supported by  the Stiftung für das sorbische Volk.

Weisswasser Round Trip 01

Weisswasser Round Trip 01

Weißwasser Rundfahrt 01

Jonas Eisenschmidt & Constanze Wolpers
Germany / 2020 / 12 min
Weißwasser lies at the very edge. Mirrors are made there, mines are dug, whilst currently whole villages are being relocated, businesses closed, and moorlands regenerated. At least this is the intention. Just like the structural transformation that ...
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Unruhe

Wopyt

Toni Bruk
GDR / 1984 / 19 min
An old woman alone in her apartment, surrounded by memories. She tells a visitor about her life: full of work and a togetherness that was in good hands in the Sorbian community. Only to then fade away together with the language. Loneliness remains.
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Granit

Zornowc

Toni Bruk
GDR / 1985 / 15 min
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Forest Rebels

Forest Rebels

Die Waldgänger

Gordon Kämmerer
Germany / 2021 / 80 min
The 2020 corona lockdown interrupts work on a Cottbus State Theatre production about German attitudes towards forests. The team makes an unusual decision: they let themselves be locked in the theatre in order, whilst trapped in this „bubble“, to ...
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ČERT - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Richard feat. Jimmie Page

ČERT - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Richard feat. Jimmie Page

ČERT - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Richard feat. Jimmie Page

Annelie Cemerjec, Sophie Bock, Hella Stoletzki
Germany / 2021 / 3 min
The devil comes in the form of engineers, businessmen with all the necessary attributes of masculinity on display, and takes on the world of Sorbian myths in this music video from the Cottbus-based Kolektiw Wakuum.
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Wild Rose

Wild Rose

Gólska roža

Frauke Rahr
Germany / 2021 / 11 min
Poet Roža Šenkarjowa, a native of Rohne, lives in the midst of images and artefacts of Sorbian life. In static images video artist Frauke Rahr, a fellow native, explores the interior of her home and an existence in which every thing has its place. GL
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JAJO

JAJO

JAJO

Nora Wendt
Germany / 2020 / 20 min
Lady Midday watches over the midday calm and, at the same time, the cycle of nature: growth and decay. This experimental film finds this in the female cycle, symbolised in the colour red and the egg which, according to tradition, is to be painted ...
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Mróčele

Mróčele

Mróčele

Kolektiw Klanki
Germany / 2021 / 4 min
The new video from the Kolektiw Klanki: Pictures of a dark Gothic/S&M world in which women are in charge, and Sorbian music ...
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Wendish Berlin

Serbski Barliń

Toni Bruk
Germany / 1996 / 29 min
Lausitzer Platz and Wendenschloss, place names ranging from Ketzin to Marzahn, Sorbian organists in the church, wet nurses in traditional costumes in the paintings of Zille: a journey of discovery to Berlin's Slavic core and a Sorbian community that ...
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A New Shift

A New Shift

Nová šichta

Jindřich Andrš
Czech Republic / 2020 / 91 min
Tomáš has spent half his life working in the mines when he is made redundant and subsequently propelled into a bright new future: a middle-aged punk with long hair who prefers to go to the match and drink beer with his friends becomes a programmer. ...
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