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Agit, Ahmad, Parham, Kianush and Sinan - five men with different backgrounds and different lives. They do, however, have one thing in common: they are, or were, to a greater or lesser extent nestled in the structures of gangs and large families that operate under the radar in the grey zones or completely outside the law. In social discussions, their everyday realities are quickly waved away with catchphrases like "parallel societies" and "criminal clans."

ANOTHER REALITY shows not only the external structures of this world that runs according to its own rules, but goes deeper into the coherencies and everyday realities of the protagonists. For example, Ahmad from Berlin doesn't want to give in to the temptations of easy money that are part of his daily existence, while Parham from Essen turned his life as a street thug into a music career and is enjoying success as a hip-hop artist under the name P.A. Sports.

In the more than three years of filming, Noël Dernesch and Olli Waldhauer became astoundingly close with the five men. Agit, Ahmad, Parham, Kianush and Sinan willingly and honestly shared their experiences, desires, and fears, as they confronted the contradictions of their lifestyles and how they deal with the consequences of their actions.
Genre Society, Coming-of-Age Story, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Directors Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer
Cinematography Friede Clausz
Producers Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, Dario Schoch, Ben Föhr, Pacco Nitsche
Production Company Elemag Pictures, in co-production with Cognito Films, It's Us Media, 27 Kilometer Entertainment
Runtime 97 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Kolkata 2019, DOK.Fest Munich 2019, Locarno 2019, Filmkunsttage Sachsen-Anhalt 2019, Nantes 2019
Awards Audience Award DOK.Fest Munich 2019, Special Award Editing Filmkunsttage Sachsen-Anhalt 2019, Youth Jury Award Nantes
With backing from BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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