77sqm_9:26min

On April 6, 2006, a young man named Halit Yozgat was shot and killed in a Kassel internet café. His murder was the ninth in a series of ten committed by a terrorist group called the National Socialist Underground (NSU) between 2000 and 2007. Andreas Temme, an employee of Hessen’s State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, was also present that same day. He claimed to have already left the café at the time of the crime.
Known for how they merge artistic and politic practice, the Forensic Architecture collective took on the murder of Halit Yozgat, precisely reconstructing the minutes before and after the crime in their film 77sqm_9:26min. Which elements of Andreas Temme’s statements are true and which are not is the central question of the film, which was shown for the first time at documenta 14 in Kassel. Witness statements are compared and sets of movements reconstructed in a replica of the internet café, while a digital simulation shows how long the smell of the gunshots remains in the air.
The conclusions that can be drawn from the research form a damning indictment of the investigative and judiciary authorities.
by Forensic Architecture United Kingdom 2017 English 29’ Colour Documentary form

Crew

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Additional information

Forensic Architecture Team
Principal Investigator: Eyal Weizman
Project & Research Coordinator: Christina Varvia
Research: Stefanos Levidis, Omar Ferwati, Ortrun Bargholz, Eeva Sarlin, Nicholas Masterton
Filmmaking Post Production: Simone Rowat
Animation: Yamen Albadin
Research Assistance: Franc Camps-Febrer
Project Support: Hana Rizvanolli, Sarah Nankivell
Advisors: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Chris Cobb-Smith

Forensic Architecture

A research agency founded in 2010 by Eyal Weizman that is based at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. The group uses forensic investigative methods to examine cases of human rights abuses and political violence. Their film Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea: 28 October 2015 was featured at the 2020 Forum Expanded exhibition.

Filmography

2017 Torture in Saydnaya Prison; 28 min. · The Enforced Disappearance of the Ayotzinapa Students; 4 min. · 77sqm_9:26min. The Murder of Halit Yozgat; 29 min. 2018 The Ali Enterprises Factory Fire; 18 min. 2019 Triple-Chaser; 11 min. 2020 Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea: 28 October 2015; 25 min. 2021 Hanau-Anschlag: der Notausgang; 9 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022