RIOT – with this motto we began 2019.
By Riot we mean a call for political thinking. We do not want to fnd ourselves complacent to our own ideas, thought patterns, and ways of living. Instead we are called to question ourselves and our reality. We strive to become aware of our privileges and how we may use these privileges to make the world a better place for everyone. Films enable us to take part in the lives and struggles of other people. They show us new horizons that may have otherwise been unimaginable and unthinkable. At best, they even touch and transform us. They are thus personal and rile in us our own sense of Riot. But for us as festival makers, something else is also important. Films create community an connections. Between the people on the screen and the audience, between the people in front of and behind the camera and the viewers, but also between the viewers themselves.
That‘s why we see our festival as a wakeup call. Form groups, collectives, conspiratorial groups. Network, look beyond your horizon, get to know new people. Be the riot you want to see in the world.