Reenactment of a disturbing supermarket incident involving a refugee in Eastern Germany.
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About the film:
Germany | 2019 | 42 minutes
Arnsdorf in Saxony, May 2016. Four men dragged Schabas Al-Aziz, a young Iraqi citizen, out of a grocery store, tied him to a tree, and left him there until the police arrived. Minutes before, he had found himself in a heated argument with the cashier, insisting that the phone card he had purchased was broken. The incident was filmed by a bystander in the store and the video went viral. Many blamed the victim and celebrated the heroes, agreeing that the four men were only protecting the store and its customers. In May 2017, the proceeding was closed. The victim, however, was not able to testify in court; one week before the start of the trial, his body was found frozen to death in the woods an hour away from Arnsdorf.
Driven to ask questions ignored by the media and the court and playing on documentary crime drama, Again
reexamines and reenacts the incident and the subsequent trial. German actors Dennenesch Zoudé and Mark Waschke lead the investigation, and ten citizens with different migrant backgrounds observe and comment on the case, which highlights the blurred distinction between civil courage and vigilante justice. In 42 minutes, the film addresses the growing divide in Germany between the politics of liberal inclusion and engrained ignorance, racism, and suppression.
About the filmmaker:
Born in Dresden, Mario Pfeifer studied in Leipzig (HGB) and Berlin (UDK). In 2008, he graduated from Willem de Rooij’s class at Städelschule Frankfurt am Main. Pfeifer was a Fulbright fellow at the California Institute of the Arts from 2008 – 2009. Further grants from Goethe-Institut and DAAD lead him to Bangkok, Mumbai, and New York. Awards include the Video Art Award, Bremen and the Salon Video Art Prize, London. Pfeifer’s works have been exhibited at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, among others. His films have been screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York; London International Documentary Film Festival; World Film Festival, Bangkok; Images Festival, Toronto; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Arsenal, Berlin; and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
was commissioned by and displayed as a two-channel installation at the 10th Berlin Biennale in 2018.