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Germany, 2015

Original music : Maciej Sledziecki, Marion Wörle Production : Coin film, WDR

Programmed by Carolin Ziemann



DOK Leipzig Festival 2015 - German Feature Film Competition

Films from DOK Leipzig


“The Barber and the Bomb” tells the story of a community in Cologne that was put under general suspicion after the nail bomb attack of June 2004. Eleven years after the attack and almost three years after uncovering the “National Socialist Underground” (NSU), the film explores the details of that crime and the failure of its investigation.

Tënk's opinion

Andreas Maus unveils how the victims were turned into suspects by misguided police investigations. With the active support of the media, the victims were portrayed as perpetrators despite being completely innocent. Looking back, they suffered two attacks, one by the terrorists and one by society, in this case the media, the police and the courts.
Director Andreas Maus works with abstractions and alienations to show what it means and feels like to be monitored and presumed guilty by all sides. Actors read from the interrogation transcripts and the actual victims also have their say, in their anger, their incomprehension and their grief that society was willing to exclude them without batting an eyelid. A precise study about what happens when prejudice and structural racism go hand in hand.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Film programmer, author and trainer

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