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by Marie Wilke


The guided tours in the Reichstag building are well attended; there’s lots of laughter at the simulated vote on a bill. At the Bundestag’s “Infomobile” in Dresden, a citizen complains that the government is out of touch with the people. SPD parliamentarians attend a workshop to practise strategies for dealing with right-wing populist topics. A crowd chants: close the borders! Journalists from the taz and Bild-Zeitung newspapers discuss the issues of the day. An editorial team from TV station MDR produces a report entitled “Attack on Democracy – the New Right.” Calmly and soberly, Aggregat collects astutely observed and carefully arranged scenes from the daily life of media and politics in contemporary Germany. The camera always keeps its focus, the montage makes use of hard cuts and cuts to black. The unconnected fragments show situations without comment relating to how politics is mediated or society discussed. The role of the media as the fourth estate comes in for scrutiny, as do the criteria which shape coverage. And another impression left by the film is the sheer amount of painstaking work needed to preserve the grand idea of democracy.

international title: Aggregate
original title: Aggregat
country: Germany
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Marie Wilke
film run: 92'
screenplay: Marie Wilke
cinematography by: Alexander Gheorghiu
film editing: Jan Soldat, Marie Wilke
producer: Andreas Banz, Dirk Engelhardt, Matthias Miegel, Robert Thalheim
production: Kundschafter Filmproduktion
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