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Trouble - Teatime in Heiligendamm

Trouble - Teatime in Heiligendamm
Scene from "Trouble" (photo © Martin Embacher)

The 2007 G8 Summit in Heiligendamm/Germany - A summer fairytale, a blooming corn poppy, a brilliant blue sky. An unbelievably large and menacing fence cuts through the picturesque landscape. Police caravans, journalists, and activists face off for days in these fields like medieval armies.

Elsewhere, artists despair over a public tht confuses pop with protest. Bob Geldof, Bono and Herbert Groenemeyer preachon the "Your Voice Against Poverty" stage, while Rostock locals would obviously rather be eating a bratwurst. Left-wing anarchists try to set everything on fire, though they only manage to get to one car and a few trash bins.

Interviews with the likes of Muhammad Yunus (winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize), filmmaker Wim Wenders, Susan George (former vice-president of ATTAC France), U2 frontman Bono, and Campino (singer of Die Toten Hosen) are mixed in with questions and commentary from police, activists, and locals.

A regional documentary pop film that critically and playfully explores the egoism of a confused protest generation.


Mind Pirates is an initiative that takes on various projects as part of its ongoing efforts to communicate social issues, linking the possibilities of film to the participatory structure of the Internet. Since its foundation in 2002, the non-profit association has created websites, films, interactive magazines, and interviews.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Mind Pirates
Cinematography Mind Pirates
Robert Kummer
Rudolf Moser
Producers Ralf Schmerberg, Eva Maier-Schoenung
Production Company Trigger Happy Productions/Berlin
Length 82 min
Format color
Original Version
 German/English
Subtitled Version English/German
Sound Technology Stereo
Awards Cinema for Peace Award (The Most Valuable Documentary of the Year) 2008

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