Everywhere Was The Same, Basma Alsharif, US 2007, 12'. Abstract Film, Birgit Hein, DE 2013, 9'. A Bar on Majorca, Marian Mayland, DE 2017, 15'. Rubber Coated Steel, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, LB/DE 2016, 21'. Tiefenschärfe/Depth of Field, Alex Gerbaulet, Mareike Bernien, DE 2016/17, 15'.
Justice is not the ultimate goal of court procedures, explains Giorgio Agamben in his book Remnants of Auschwitz. The Witness and the Archive. “Law is solely directed toward judgment, independent of truth and justice. This is shown beyond doubt by the force of judgment that even an unjust sentence carries with it.” Civil jurisdiction, imposing on itself the burden of proof, reaches its limits in cases of great crimes that go beyond individual acts and their social significance—an insight recently brought to the fore by the NSU trial in Munich. Deep Fact addresses the complex relationships between guilt and atonement, testament and truth. Against a background of two very different contexts—war in the Middle East and right-wing extremism in Germany—the program’s artistic films present a spectrum of aesthetic practices for visualizing, clarifying, and processing political and racist violence.