03 Ι 04 Ι 05 May 2024

A weekend with a view

Look closely at what is happening.
Ilse Aichinger

Surprise Screening

In collaboration with the International Film Festival Innsbruck IFFI, we are screening “The Etilaat Roz” on Saturday at Cinematograph.

Fuocoammare

Documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi spent over a year on the Italian island of Lampedusa, observing how refugees arrive here every day in the hope of a better life and how the people react towards them. Twelve-year-old Samuele, who witnesses a great human tragedy with his family, is at the centre of the film, which also deals with media coverage. Through his everyday observations, Gianfranco Rosi approaches a place that is as real as it is symbolic as well as the emotional world of some of its inhabitants, who are exposed to a permanent state of emergency. And at the same time, the film, which does not need a narration, describes how even in the smallest of spaces, two worlds barely touch.

Fueling the Invasion 

In November 2022 shocking allegations were made about German oil company Wintershall Dea. German media alleged links between Wintershall and the Russian military, claiming that companies owned jointly by Wintershall and Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom had been drilling for gas in western Siberia and produced fuel used by Russian fighter jets as they attacked Ukrainian civilians.
Wintershall denied these accusations, claiming a lack of evidence. But in April 2023, an investigation led by Global Witness revealed new evidence of the supply chains connecting Wintershall’s Siberian gas fields to Russia’s military supply chains, showing how gas condensate from Wintershall’s fields in Western Siberia feed a refinery which sends diesel to Russian military suppliers.
This short film looks at the human stories behind our investigation. Filmed largely in Ukraine, it includes powerful testimonies from survivors of Russian air attacks. It asks the question: whilst western governments decry the war in Ukraine, how has this been allowed to happen?

Disguised as a Secretary for the Nazi Campaign Newspaper

She was probably the first investigative journalist in the German world. 1923, at the age of 24, Paula Schlier, who had previously published articles against the Nazis as a journalist, sneaked into the party leaflet of the NSDAP, the “Völkischer Beobachter”. Disguised as a secretary she also documented Hitler’s attempted putsch on November 8th/9th 1923. Her diary reports were published in 1926 as a celebrated first work by the Brenner publishing house in Innsbruck: “Petras Aufzeichnungen oder Konzept einer Jugend nach dem Diktat der Zeit” (Petra’s Records or the Concept of Youth under the Dictate of Time) was a statement against a world that was radicalising to the right. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Hitler putsch, Innsbruck-based Germanists Annette Steinsiek and Ursula A. Schneider have published a commentary on Paula Schlier’s report. Based on that, the Bavarian Broadcasting (BR) has produced the documentation “Hitlerputsch 1923. The Diary of Paula Schlier”.

20 днів у Маріуполі / 20 Days in Mariupol

A Ukrainian journalist team from the Associated Press (AP) documents the atrocities committed by the Russian invasion forces in Mariupol despite the siege. As the only reporters on the ground, they capture crucial images of the war, including the suffering of the civilian population, mass graves and the bombing of a maternity clinic. The documentary film by Pulitzer Prize winner Mstyslav Chernov also shows the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on the AP press agency. The film is based on Chernov’s daily reports and his own footage from the war zone. This multi-award-winning documentary provides harrowing insights into the suffering of civilians under siege. Despite the gravity of the topic, it takes an invaluable look at the challenges of news journalism in conflict zones and also shows the global impact.

Surprise Screening

The surprise film screening in cooperation with the Innsbruck International Film Festival IFFI on the eve of the official opening of the Journalism Festival 2024 has been cancelled. The film will also be shown on Saturday, 4 May at 20:15 in the Cinematograph.