A film by Marie Wilke. In German.

[Credits] [Termine] [Trailer]

The gui­ded tours in the Reichstag buil­ding are well atten­ded; there’s lots of laugh­ter at the simu­la­ted vote on a bill. At the Bundestag’s “Infomobile” in Dresden, a citi­zen com­p­lains that the government is out of touch with the peop­le. SPD par­lia­men­ta­ri­ans attend a work­shop to prac­ti­se stra­te­gies for dealing with right-wing popu­list topics. A crowd chants: clo­se the bor­ders! Journalists from the taz and Bild-Zeitung news­pa­pers dis­cuss the issu­es of the day. An edi­to­ri­al team from TV sta­ti­on MDR pro­du­ces a report enti­t­led “Attack on Democracy – the New Right.” Calmly and sober­ly, Aggregat collects astu­te­ly obser­ved and care­ful­ly arran­ged sce­nes from the dai­ly life of media and poli­tics in con­tem­pora­ry Germany. The came­ra always keeps its focus, the mon­ta­ge makes use of hard cuts and cuts to black. The uncon­nec­ted frag­ments show situa­tions without com­ment rela­ting to how poli­tics is media­ted or socie­ty dis­cus­sed. The role of the media as the fourth esta­te comes in for scru­ti­ny, as do the cri­te­ria which shape coverage. And ano­t­her impres­si­on left by the film is the sheer amount of pain­sta­king work nee­ded to pre­ser­ve the grand idea of democracy.


DE 2018, 92 Min.
Regie, Buch: Marie Wilke
Kamera: Alexander Gheorghiu
Schnitt: Jan Soldat, Marie Wilke


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