Screening Welcome to the virtual short film theater of Die Junge Akademie!
We miss the cinema as a cultural and discussion space. We would have loved to hold this event “for real” – now we are meeting in the digital space instead to talk about the so current topic of “community”.

We warmly invite you to watch four selected short films that explore aspects of community, belonging and home during the period from March 12 to 28.

The film program was curated by our member Isabel Schellinger (Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Leipzig) and Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (Co-founder of shorts/salon & Director of Berlinale Shorts).

On March 19 at 7 p.m., they will discuss the topic in-depth with our guests Martina Löw (Sociology of planning and architecture, TU Berlin) and Susanne Scharnowski (German and English Studies, FU Berlin).

Die Junge Akademie 2020 – shorts/salon

Don’t fence me in

Ann Sophie Lindström
Germany 2014, 9 min.
Englisch with German subtitles

The USA – home of the cowboys. But Don’t fence me in is not set in the Wild West, but in Philadelphia, a large city in the east of the country. A hard place, marked by crime and poverty. But how can one escape the destructive pull of the streets? Young men keep horses here – an alternative way of life. The animals are more than a hobby; they are beloved family members and sense maker.

Die Junge Akademie 2020 – shorts/salon

Sorge 87

Thanh Nguyen Phuong
Germany 2017, 10 min.
German, Vietnamese with German subtitles

Vietnamese workers come to the GDR in Sorge 87 to work in the textile industry. After a short time, most of them leave the country again – but some stay, start families, build up their livelihoods. They create a new home for themselves, revitalize almost empty villages after the fall of the Wall. A German and a Vietnamese couple tell their story.

Die Junge Akademie 2020 – shorts/salon


Betina Kuntzsch
German 2017, 15 min.

In Halmaspiel, too, it is sewing that forms the red thread of the story. The daughter tells of her parents’ lives. About repression and perseverance. About losing and rebuilding. It is the story of a family, but also of a country.

Die Junge Akademie 2020 – shorts/salon

die ruhe bleibt

Stefan Kriekhaus
Germany 2013, 14 min.
German, French

A film set is glamorous and exciting – one thinks. But for the main character in die ruhe bleibt, only yawning boredom opens up. As an intern, he has to close a street for the shoot; communication with the rest of the team is limited to occasional announcements from the walkie-talkie. Where are the others? And what am I actually doing here? Do I belong here? Silence is spreading.


Where do people feel at home? Who is part of the family?

Please join Isabel Schellinger and Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck exploring these and other questions in a discussion with their guests Martina Löw and Susanne Scharnowski via Zoom.

We look forward to your participation in the discussion – you can submit your questions and comments in the chat during the talk.

Please note that the talk will be in German.


Die Junge Akademie 2020 – shorts/salon

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