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Day for observation and a film

In the morning Anna Franklin made the decision I will be the person who will go to the session with Hans  Eisenhauer and make a short interview with him. I had the pleasure and honor to listen to a lecture that was really educational and informative.

As of 1983 scriptwriter and producer for television series and factual programmes for Studio Hamburg Atelier GmbH. 1985 Editor for press and public relations and producer at the Second German Television (ZDF) and the German-speaking cultural channel 3 Sat. As of November 1987 Head of the Berlin Film Fund at the Berlin Government, where he was also responsible for the foundation of the European Film Academy.

I was surprised that he was nice and immediately agreed to be interviewed. I had to wait a little bit for him, which gave me the opportunity to be an observer of a pitching session that he was involved in as a judge. That was the most useful session at the moment for me because I haven’t had the chance before to see how it should be done on a professional level. I have a lot of notes and comments written down, but I am not going to bore you with any of them. I did prepare my questions before the interview but while I was in his session I did edit them a little bit. I have a lot of notes with tips and advices from the pitching session, but I am not going to bore you with them. There is the interview:

The next thing that I did go to is the screening of “Education, Education”. Briefly said, this documentary is covering three stories. The first one is of a university teacher that has been given the task to go around the country and attract students to the universities. The only problem is that the whole story that he is telling the really poor kids and parents are complete lie. He does feel guilty about that, but needs the money. The second story is of a girl that is at the moment she has to choose if she will go to university or not. This costs a lot to the family which does not really have any good income but are hoping that the education will give her the opportunity to find something better for herself and this gives them the hope they will escape from this misery they live in. And the third story is of a recent graduate with business education who is trying to find a job in the city, but surviving there is really hard. He also meets people in the same situation who’s dream is just to survive… the only dream.

My personal view on the film was basically emotional. I did try to look at it on a technical aspect, but with a very basic story telling he created some really emotional peace of work. This is a huge issue but I don’t really see the solvation of this problem mainly because of political reasons.