CIVIL SERVANTS (STAATSDIENER)
Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 3:00 PM
Pro Arts, Oakland
Wed. Feb. 8, 2017 5:30 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
North American Premiere
81 mins. Germany (2015). Digital Projection. German w/ English subtitles. Documentary Film.
Director: Marie Wilke
Featuring: Kathrin Cruz, Patrick Ehrlich, Christian Franke, Viktor Seletsky, Ann- Kathrin Krauß
Writer: Marie Wilke
Cinematography: Alexander Gheorghiu
Editors: Stefan Oliveira-Pita, Jan Soldat, Marie Wilke
Producers: Andreas Banz, Dirk Engelhardt, Matthias Miegel, Robert Thalheim
World Sales: Kundschafter Filmproduktion, Berlin
Civil Servants follows the first year of young police officers in the police academy and on the beat in Eastern Germany. After simulating the real world inside the academy, they have to face the reality: right-wing protesters who reject the state, democracy and immigrants, domestic violence, poverty and the general decay of structures in the life of people. The young police officers are the thin blue line between the ideals of Western democracy and the threat of its decline.