Barstow, California: Documentary on TV


     From Monday, November 11 to Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 3sat will be presenting four award-winning documentaries on the occasion of the 43rd Duisburg Film Week (4 to 10 November 2019), the festival of German-language documentary film. In addition to his accompanying program, which shows films from past competitions, 3sat has been awarding the 3sat Documentary Film Prize, which is endowed with 6000 euros, since 1996 at the Duisburg Film Week.
    3sat opens its accompanying program for the Duisburg Film Week on Monday, 11 November 2019, 22:25, with the first broadcast of the film "Barstow, California" by Rainer Komers. Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, at the intersection of Route 66 and Route 91, lies Barstow, California. There, the downside of the "American Dream" shows when Rainer Komers in his documentary of the same name makes the poems of the poet Stanley "Spoon" Jackson sound like the sound of passing freight trains. "Spoon" Jackson's family once came to this area full of hope. But since 1977 Jackson is sitting in Folsom prison for murder. A white jury sentenced him – the black man – to life in prison without parole. He started writing in the state prison of San Quentin in the 1980s. Virtuosically, Komer interweaves images, sounds and conversations with passages from Jackson's 2010 autobiography into a multi-voiced collage that tells of poverty, racism and loneliness. The film was awarded the ARTE Documentary Film Prize of the Duisburg Film Week in 2018.
    Following, at 23.40, follows the documentary film "Der Funktionär" by Andreas Goldstein, who received the Förderpreis der Stadt Duisburg in 2018. Klaus Gysi was one of the leading cultural politicians of the GDR. Nearly 20 years after his death, his son Andreas Goldstein makes a film about the man, whom he experienced as a boy only in snapshots. The combination of archival materials, up-to-date pictures and a subjective commentary raises questions about idealism and opportunism and a different view of the GDR.
    On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3sat will show the documentary "Iraqi Odyssey" at 10:25 pm. Baghdad was once a modern city: films of frivolous music, western-style women studying, elegantly dressed men. Today you see broken cities, bearded men, veiled women. How could it possibly come this far? The Swiss filmmaker Samir tells the story of his globalized Iraqi middle-class family, scattered between Auckland, Moscow, New York and London. The film ran in 2015 in the competition of the Duisburg Film Week.
    On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 20.15, 3sat will finish its program on the occasion of the Duisburg Film Week with the winner of the 3sat Documentary Film Award 2018, "Kulenkampffs Schuhe" by Regina Schilling. In the 1970s, the family was looking forward to "One will win" or the "Peter Alexander Show" on Saturday night. But did they know that Kulenkampff had four toes amputated by hand on the eastern front? Did they wonder if Peter Alexander was also with the Hitler Youth? Did you know the story of Hans Rosenthal? Regarding archival material, Regina Schilling tells postwar history surprising, unusual and touching. The film is also the prelude to the 3sat theme "The Great Postwar Show" on the evening of the broadcast.

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