WDR 45 min.

Nominiert: Avanca Film Festival, Portugal

This is my Country

This is a story about Germany today. This is the story about a divided country, a country divided not anymore by the iron curtain, but by hate and fear in the hearts of their inhabitants. This is a story about a divided Europe too, because what Germany is going through right now will happen to Europe in the long term - we believe. It is a chance and a risk. It is a necessity and inevitable. It is a mayor change of history and it is happening right now and here. As the borders between countries fell, as the borders between east and west, between different political systems fell, people will have to learn, that the borders remain in the peoples hearts and that there are new borders about to rise and old borders about to remain. This is a story about the new walls in the hearts of the people who brought down the concrete wall which once divided the country that caused two world wars. Today there is a new war, once between nations, today waiting behind the next street corner, between people who were raised to be neighbors, but ended up, to become enemies.

Reporter Antonio Cascais travels through HIS country, the son of Portuguese immigrants reclaims the territory for himself and his protagonists. On his search for people who he met during the last years through his work as journalist for German Television, we travel from Dortmund in the west, where Antonio grew up to Berlin and small places in eastern Germany, once famous for its right wing hate crime. We visit victims and agressors. And observe how the country is changing - hopefully to a better future. We travel to the west, a small town near Frankfurt on the trace of another German biography: Marco, born and raised in Germany, but still Italian citizen on paper was deported 6 times after being sentenced for 3 years prison, when he was 15 years old. Marco insists, that only Germany, could be his home, because of the language, the culture he grew up with, the family who supports him. But he will be forced out of the country for the rest of his life, mainly not because he committed a crime, when he was still young, but because of cynical and nationalistic German immigration laws.

Director Marcel Kolvenbach captured the journey with a subjective, sometimes experimental, camera view, always close to Antonios point of view. ...

Co-Autor/Regie/Kamera: Marcel Kolvenbach