PRESENTING DOCU-FORUM ONLINE
The programme includes a screening of the documentary film DIE KANDIDATEN (The Kandidates) by Michael Schwarz followed by a live discussion with the producers and the filmmaker.
Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/436756930
Please note that the link will be active from 6:30 pm IST on 12th August 2020.
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The German federal election of 2017 is considered historic and, like no other election before, still has an immense influence on current politics. Whereas the election campaigns of the top candidates such as Merkel and Schulz were exploited in detail by the media, we lack a focus on the campaigns of the grass roots of the political parties, far away from Berlin.
The film accompanies six young politicians of the biggest political parties from Rhineland-Palatinate during the crucial phase of the election campaign: Jan Metzler (Christian Democratic Union, 36), Thomas Hitschler (Social Democratic Party, 34), David Dietz (Free Democratic Party, 35), Misbah Khan (Bündnis 90 / the Greens, 27), Max Keck (The Left, 19) and Sebastian Münzenmaier (Alternative for Germany, 28).
By attending panel discussions, door-to-door campaigning, visits at the local fair and interviews we learn how election campaigns work on a small scale, and we see the variety of challenges young politicians have to face. Our protagonists are always close to the people, who support, criticize or reject them. Despite the difficulties, they all have to act according to the motto “Keep on fighting!”.
Michael Schwarz initially worked for numerous film and television companies; e.g. at Bavaria Film, for the television series SISKA and on behalf of the Neue Münchner Filmproduktion as script supervisor and first assistant director. From 2002-2007, he studied film and theatre studies in Mainz while working as a freelance director and assistant director. In 2007 he began to study Film/Video at the Art Academy Mainz. After getting his art diploma in 2011, Michael Schwarz became master apprentice of Prof. Dr. Harald Schleicher (Art Academy Mainz, film class) and carries on working as a freelance director and author. His films received multiple awards and have been presented at over 170 national and international film festivals.
Thorsten Holzhauser, studied history, German literature and political science in Mainz as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation. Since 2013 he has been a research assistant in the Department of Modern History at the Department of History. After a four-month guest lectureship at the University of Glasgow in 2017, he received his doctorate in Mainz in April 2018. His dissertation "The 'Successor Party'. Die Integration der PDS in das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1990-2005" was awarded the Research Promotion Prize of the Friends of the University of Mainz in 2019. He is currently a research assistant in the project "Regime Change and Elite Continuity in Post-Totalitarian Democracies after 1945".