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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
It’s almost time – the number of weeks until Reeperbahn Festival 2016 has now entered the single digits and the programme is rapidly approaching completion. Today we’re pleased to announce the film programme for this year’s Reeperbahn Festival!
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 10 August 2016
Film has been part of the Reeperbahn Festival programme since the festival’s first year. In 2006, short films were projected onto the walls of buildings in “A Wall Is a Screen”. In 2016, the film programme comprises approximately 20 films, to be shown in three cinemas (East Hotel, B-Movie, and Golem)! New this year is the festival’s cooperation with the UNERHÖRT! Musikfilmfestival (a film festival for films about music), which includes an international competition devoted to music films. 

All of the films in the programme deal with the sociocultural power inherent in music – for better or for worse. A closer look and it becomes abundantly clear: every revolution, every social transformation, has its own soundtrack.
The opening event of the UNERHÖRT! film festival will take place on Wednesday, 21 September 2016, in the Metropolis Kino, and features a showing of “Mali Blues”, a film about the unifying power of music in a country torn apart by radicalised Islamists. It is a film of great importance – reflected not least in the fact that the ambassador of the West African Republic of Mali has announced his plan to attend the screening.
Nominated for a 2016 Grimme Award, the documentary “Deutsche Pop Zustände – Eine Geschichte rechter Musik” (German Pop & Circumstance – A History of Right-wing Music) by Dietmar Post and Lucía Palacios examines the interplay of pop culture and right-wing ideology. The music subculture of the neo-Nazi scene, which revolves around concerts by extreme right-wing bands, is a key factor in the politicising of adolescents and young adults. In this film, pop theorists, sociologists, musicians, and individuals who’ve been involved in the neo-Nazi scene analyse and comment on examples of right-wing music and provide an overview of the development of this music in Germany since the 1970s. It’s a film that raises a lot of intelligent questions.
Inside the Mind of Favela Funk”, a documentary by Elise Roodenburg and Fleur Beemster, takes viewers to those areas of Rio de Janeiro that the Olympic Committee would prefer not to know about. This is where favela funk, the Brazilian form of gangsta rap, functions as the musical chronicler of a scene where sexual values are closely tied to pornography and where death is a regular part of life – and where people, despite all the violence, refuse to abandon their hope for love.
Junun” is the title of the first documentary by Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of Oscar-nominated films “Boogie Nights”, “There Will Be Blood”, and “Magnolia”. For this film, Anderson accompanied two of his friends, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, to India, where the two recorded the album “Junun” with the group Rajasthan Express. Captured by Anderson with a handheld camera, this spiritual journey takes viewers through soundscapes produced by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.A complete overview of the UNERHÖRT! film programme at the Reeperbahn Festival can be found here.

The Reeperbahn Festival is organised by Reeperbahn Festival GbR
and Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG.
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg

PhG Reeperbahn Festival GbR: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG und Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz / U-I-Nr.: DE247756458

PhG Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte / U-I-Nr.: DE 210469759
Photo: Konrad Waldmann
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