American Embassy, The - or Why We Are Moving (Amerikanische Botschaft, Die)

American Embassy, The  - or Why We Are Moving

"The world is a permanent crisis of relationships"

January 2003, on the eve of the Iraq campaign of the coalition forces, a young coule tries to improvise a protest march heading to the American embassy with the motto "no blood for oil."

As nobody shows the solidarity they were trying to gain, the couple gets into an argument and the "movement" seems doomed to fail...


David Sieveking was born in 1977 and studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin from 2000-2007, during which time he worked as an editor, 1st AD and actor for film and television. In 2003, he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. A selection of his films includes: NACHDREH (short, 2000), A PROPOS DENNIS (doc, 2001), GANGA GUEST HOUSE (short, 2002), DIE AMERIKANISCHE BOTSCHAFT (short, 2003), MR. SINGH (2004, an episode of the feature ASYL), WILD MAN (short, 2006), SENEGALLEMAND (doc, 2007), DAVID WANTS TO FLY (doc, 2010), FORGET ME NOT (doc, 2012), and FAMILY SHOTS (doc, 2017).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Short
Year of Production 2003
Director David Sieveking
Screenplay David Sieveking
Cinematography Marcel Reategui
David Sieveking, Kathrin Hembus, Vero Cabois
Ilja Koester
Cast Attilla Borlan, Oliver Urbanski, Dorothea Arnold
Producer Anja Walla
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 10 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Young Collection 28 Bremen 2004, Rostock 2004, Fresh Film Fest Karlovy Vary 2004, Shorts at Moonlight 2004, Bunter Hund Munich 2004, Belgrade 2004, Landshut 2005, Next Reel New York 2005, ArgenKino Buenos Aires 2005, Human Rights Festival Santiago 2005, Foyle 2005, Belgrade SFF 2005, Vienna Independent Shorts 2013, Winterthur 2013
Awards Audience Award & Critics' Award Bremen 2004

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