Gerson Liebl, grandson of a German colonial officer from Togo, has been fighting to get German citizenship and residency permission for the last 30 years. As a last-ditch effort he resorts to a hunger strike. Images of his unwavering persistence in front of the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin are accompanied on the soundtrack by statements, testimonies, clauses from laws, legal texts, political positions, and prevarications—then and now. (Moritz Siebert)
by Moritz Siebert
with Gerson Liebl
Germany 2021 German 22’ Black/White

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Gerson Liebl


Director Moritz Siebert
Screenplay Hanna Keller, Moritz Siebert
Cinematography Moritz Siebert
Editing Moritz Siebert
Sound Design Niklas Kammertöns
Producer Moritz Siebert
Executive Producers Moritz Siebert, Hanna Keller

Produced by


Moritz Siebert

Moritz Siebert, born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1973, initially studied medicine and cultural anthropology in Berlin before completing studies in documentary filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in the UK. In 2016 his film Les Sauteurs was shown in the Berlinale Forum. Moritz Siebert lives and works as a filmmaker and physician in Berlin.


2005 Belgrade Backspin; with Anne Misselwitz, 34 min. 2008 My Name is Karl; 32 min. 2009 Anne and Gail; 15 min. · Long Distance; 30 min. 2010 Blue Elephant; 15 min. 2013 Erntehelfer (Harvest Hand); 72 min. 2016 Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump); 80 min., Forum 2016 2019 ma nouvelle vie européenne; 22 min. 2021 Zahlvaterschaft (Fatherland)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021