Director: Philipp Kohl
The Goethe-Institute invites you to the documentaryTransnationalmannschaft including a lecture by Dr. Rolf Husmann, anthropologist with a specialisation in ethnographic filmmaking at the University in Göttingen and Co-Director of the International Ethnigraphic Film Festival in Göttingen. Afterwards there is the opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Husmann and discuss about the film.Seven protagonists portray their personal perception of the tournament, their cultural origin being as many-faceted as that of the German national team: Of the 23 players on the German World Cup team in South Africa, eleven could have opted to play for other nations earlier in their careers. They are all German, their parents are not – the analytical concept of transnationalism locates their identity in two nations.The film provides insight into a part of town with a migrant population of over 60% and documents the relationship of its protagonists towards the German national team. The film asks what terms likehome, native country and nation mean to them and gives viewers a chance to see Germany, its society and this specific community through the eyes of these modern-day locals.
Transnationalmannschaft thus outlines the identity of a multiethnic neighborhood in a large German city, leaving the sovereignty of interpretation to its protagonists. Socially relevant and highly urgent issues such as whether you can have two home countries or what it actually means to be German are brought into focus via the emotional detour of national teams and the Football World Cup.Transnationalmannschaft is a Heimatfilm that investigates 21st century social reality in German and European cities and last but not least celebrates football as a passion beyond all ethnic boundaries.
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