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11.06.2021 21:30 Eng. subtitles Open Air Kino HKW (Tickets)

In Short Film Program #4, with:

Gerson Liebl, grandson of a German colonial officer from Togo, has been fighting to get German citizenship and residency permission for the last 30 years. As a last-ditch effort he resorts to a hunger strike. Images of his unwavering persistence in front of the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin are accompanied on the soundtrack by statements, testimonies, clauses from laws, legal texts, political positions, and prevarications—then and now. (Moritz Siebert)

Production Moritz Siebert. Production company siebertfilms (Berlin, Germany). Director Moritz Siebert. Screenplay Hanna Keller, Moritz Siebert. Cinematography Moritz Siebert. Editing Moritz Siebert. Sound design Niklas Kammertöns. Executive producers Moritz Siebert, Hanna Keller. With Gerson Liebl.

Moritz Siebert, born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1973, initially studied medicine and cultural anthropology in Berlin before completing studies in documentary filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in the UK. In 2016 his film LES SAUTERS was shown in the Berlinale Forum. Moritz Siebert lives and works as a filmmaker and physician in Berlin.

Films: 2005: Belgrade Backspin (with Anne Misselwitz, 34 min.). 2008: My Name is Karl (32 min.). 2009: Anne and Gail (15 min.), Long Distance (30 min.). 2010: Blue Elephant (15 min.). 2013: Erntehelfer / Harvest Hand (72 min.). 2016: Les Sauteurs / Those Who Jump (with Abou Bakar Sidibé, Estephan Wagner, 80 min., Forum 2016). 2019: ma nouvelle vie européenne (with Abou Bakar Sidibé, 22 min.). 2021: Zahlvaterschaft / Fatherland.

Bonus Material

  • Moritz Siebert, ZAHLVATERSCHAFT (Still)

    Historical Documents

    Official records and newspaper articles from the time of German colonialism in Togo.
  • Moritz Siebert, ZAHLVATERSCHAFT (Still)

    Research Photographs

    One hundred years later, traces of German colonialism can still be found in Togo.
  • Moritz Siebert, ZAHLVATERSCHAFT (Still)


    A selection of TV reports and articles from the taz newspaper chronicling Gerson Liebl's 30 year fight for German citizenship.
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