GUESTS: DR. IRINA LINKE, DR. ANDY MICHAELIS
Klaus Wildenhahn, D 1969, 92 min, German OV
In the summer of 1969, Klaus Wildenhahn, together with the “Wochenschau Gruppe” of the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, observed a working group of mostly civil servants who were looking for the hepatitis pathogen at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin-Wedding, using sometimes cruel animal experiments. There are disputes among the scientists about investments and perspectives. The scenes are strung together in laconic fashion. Nothing spectacular happens, the internal structures in the group, their routine and their isolation become clear. Wildenhahn manages to get an inside view of the RKI, which has opened up to the outside today, but refuses to look at the animal experiments that are still being carried out there. An enlightening background report on an institution that is currently in the spotlight. Classified by »Welt« in 1970 as a “masterstroke of documentary filmmaking”. (rg)
Plus: ›Difficulties in making a documentary‹, a 16 mm roll with 30 minutes of additional scenes of the film.