Auf Widerst@nd

2000 - Documentary - DV Cam & Beta SP - Colour - 52'

Directed by Simon Arazi & Vincent Hufty

Camera by Vincent Hufty

Sound by Simon Arazi

Editing by Serge Van Oekel & Simon Arazi

Produced by Abysse Productions & Polymorfilms
in association with Radowski Films

Co-Produced by RTBF
with support from Le Centre de Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Comunauté Française de Belgique

Distributed by Wallonie Image Production


February 2000: after almost two decades of social-democratic rule, Austria has an all-out right-wing government with the tendentious and reactionary Freedom Party entering the corridors of power.
In a country accustomed to laisser-faire consensus, a generation awakens to political emancipation and mobilises to put continuing pressure on this controversial alliance between christian democrats and xenophobic nationalists.
"Auf Widerst@nd" follows seven resistance initiatives on their respective endeavours to shake up public awareness. Given Austria's unresolved fascist past, the emotional fervour of the activists' involvement and discourse is that much more heightened.
Invading public spaces through street performances and spontaneous demonstrations and employing every media and technology available for high-visibility actions, these activists strive for a culture of confrontational and participatory citizenship.
The ending of the film unites it's protagonists on the 19th February mass-demonstration, that attracted 300.000 participants from all over Europe.
"Auf Widerst@nd" was shot in seven days on a shoe-string. After having been selected at various festivals ("Visions du Réel", Nyon; "Diagonale", Graz; "Résistances", Amiens; "Filmer à tous prix", Brussels), it was taken up the Belgian Television (RTBF) in a co-production and broadcast.
The film also received institutional and academic screenings in Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Geneva & Berlin.

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