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RESCUE THE FIRE (RETTET DAS FEUER)

RESCUE THE FIRE
© Hendrik Reichel/DFFB

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2019

Berlin, 1993. Photographer and artist, Jürgen Baldiga, battles HIV. In the 1990s, the AIDS epidemic reached its climax, for which no one was prepared. Infected bodies and their stories diminished, erasing their existence. Through the death of his friends and subsequently his own, Baldiga becomes the chronicler of his time: "I am taking a picture. I photograph the world. I exist." Identity and history disappear without the persistence of memory. Until the final days of his life, Jürgen documents the exodus that seizes him. RESCUE THE FIRE directs the gaze to a piece of West Berlin history and the voices of the collective memory.
Genre Essay
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Jasco Viefhues
Cinematography Hendrik Reichel
Producer Jasco Viefhues
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 82 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English

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