Willkommen im Dom

Welcome to the Dome
A rare record of the German Act-Up (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power) movement. At the closing prayer of the German Bishops’ Conference on 26 September 1991, the Frankfurt action group came together in a spectacular protest to demonstrate against the Catholic Church’s - and in particular Fulda cathedral’s Archbishop Johannes Dyba’s - discrimination of HIV-positive people and AIDS patients. The protest made it onto Germany’s nationwide 8 pm news show, the ‘Tagesschau’, marking the first time that the concerns of AIDS activists had ever been reported on the programme. Jochen Hick recorded the events. This short documentary is a prime example of the filmmaker’s untiring commitment to capturing on film queer activist history for future generations.
by Jochen Hick Germany 1991 German 14’ Colour Documentary form


Written and Directed by Jochen Hick
Cinematography P.C. Neumann
Camera Assistant Jinks H. Weltsch
Editing Jochen Hick
Sound Achim Rogge
Location Manager Thomas Greh
Production Manager Elke Peters
Producers Jochen Hick, Elke Peters

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Jochen Hick

Born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1960, he studied film at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg and also in Bologna between 1981 and 1987. He has since worked as a freelance writer, journalist, director and producer of film and television. In 1994, he founded his own production company, Galeria Alaska Productions. Between 2007 and 2010 he was editor-in-chief and deputy director of programming at TIMM TV channel. A number of his films have screened in Panorama, most recently Mein Wunderbares West-Berlin (My Wonderful West Berlin) in 2017.

Filmography (selection)

1991 Willkommen im Dom (Welcome to the Dome); short documentary film; Panorama 1995 Menmaniacs – The Legacy of Leather; Panorama 1998 Sex/Life In L.A.; documentary; Panorama 2000 No One Sleeps; Panorama 2003 Ich kenn keinen; documentary; Panorama 2005 Cycles of Porn; documentary; Panorama 2008 EAST/WEST – Sex & Politics; documentary; Panorama 2009 The Good American; documentary; Panorama 2013 Out in Ost-Berlin – Lesben und Schwule in der DDR; documentary; Panorama 2016 Der Ost-Komplex; documentary; Panorama 2017 Mein wunderbares West-Berlin (My Wonderful West Berlin); documentary; Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019