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.
Documentary form14’ · Colour · 2K DCP
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
Bremer Institut Film Fernsehen
Galeria Alaska Productionswww.galeria-alaska.de