In Germany, calls are growing louder for more citizen participation. Contested issues such as the »Stuttgart 21« railway station or school reform in Hamburg are an indication that people are, in many cases, no longer willing to simply acquiesce to political decisions, but are seeking out active participation in them. Rami Hamze picks up on this trend in society with a democratic experiment, which aims to help the citizens of Cologne’s Kalk borough achieve greater local self-determination and political involvement. What happens when a filmmaker steps in front of his own camera and becomes a central figure advocating citizens’ interests? Director Rami Hamze gives an account of how Kalk citizens successfully appropriated a citizens’ budget provided by him to local projects, and talks about what it means for a director to become the protagonist of his own film.
Der große Demokrator
In cooperation with WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Jutta Krug (WDR)
Hupe Film- & Fernsehproduktion/WDR