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Poem - I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me (Poem - Ich setzte den Fuss in die Luft, und sie trug)

Poem - I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me
Scene from "Poem" (Ich kann Dir die Welt nicht zu Fuessen legen by Heiner Muelle

Poems have the power to uplift. They deal with a certain sense of magical enthusiasm and truth. Poem is a film that lets the viewer experience this power.

A collection of nineteen poems from German-speaking authors are performed and recited, taking us on a trip through life: its precious experiences and possibilities, expressions of love and friendship, the suffering of change, and the fear of aging, disease, loneliness and death.


Ralf Schmerberg was born 1965 in Stuttgart. He started working as a photographer and, since 1989, has received numerous awards for his photographic work, including distinctions from the ADC Germany as well as a Kodak Prize, and has numerous exhibitions in Berlin, Hamburg, New York and others cities. He made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the poetic documentary Hommage à Noir which was presented with a Certificate of Merit in 1996 in Chicago and two Gold Medals at the New York Film Festival in 1997 and was nominated for the UNESCO Award. His other works include video clips and various high profile advertisements for international companies, and the feature film Poem – I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me (Poem – Ich setzte den Fuss in die Luft, und sie trug, 2002).