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ON THE TRAIL OF EVIL (DEM BÖSEN AUF DER SPUR)

ON THE TRAIL OF EVIL
photo © Bildersturm Filmproduktion GmbH

Are the brains of psychopaths different or do we all have the capacity to be evil?

They're charming, they lie without the slightest scruples and they are capable of manipulating their environment. Psychopaths murder and rape without regret and can still come across as the nicest people in the world. But what is going on in their minds? That question, which neuroscientists and forensic psychiatrists have been pondering to this day, is the topic of this film.

Evil fascinates us, as we can see from many examples in film, art and literature. It seems to be devoid of morals and law. Centuries ago, anatomists tried to open the human skull and penetrate deep inside the brain. Today, state-of-the-art appliances enable us to scan the brain to make processes visible inside of it.

The documentary features a series of experts showing their theories, their examinations and their results around the question: how can decent men become ruthless murderers?

A journey to the center of the brain.


Karin Jurschick was born in Essen and studied Theater, Film and Television at the University of Cologne. Co-founder of the international women’s film festival Feminale in Cologne, she also worked for five years as an editor for the culture department of the Stadtrevue Cologne monthly magazine. Also active as a lecturer and writer for radio and television, her award-winning films include: IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN NICE AFTER THAT (2000), THE PEACEKEEPERS AND THE WOMEN (2003), AFTER THE MURDER OF THEO VAN GOGH (2005), CERTIFICATE IN GERMAN (2009), THE CLOUD. TSCHERNOBYL AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (2011), ON THE TRAIL OF EVIL (2012), WAR AND GAMES (2015), and PLAYING GOD (2017).
Genre Educational, Science
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Karin Jurschick
Screenplay Karin Jurschick
Cinematography Dieter Stürmer
Producer Birgit Schulz
Co-Producer Ann-Christin Hornberger
Production Company Bildersturm Filmproduktion, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Length 52 min
Format HDCAM, color, 16:9
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English

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