DIE KANDIDATEN (The Candidates)
A film by Michael Schwarz
Duration: 82 minutes, German with English Subtitles
Film Screening followed by an open discussion with the filmmaker.
The German federal election of 2017 is considered historic and, like no other election before, still has an immense influence on current politics. Whereas the election campaigns of the top candidates such as Merkel and Schulz were exploited in detail by the media, we lack a focus on the campaigns of the grass roots of the political parties, far away from Berlin. The film accompanies six young politicians of the biggest political parties from Rhineland-Palatinate during the crucial phase of the election campaign.By attending panel discussions, door-to-door campaigning, visits at the local fair and interviews we learn how election campaigns work on a small scale, and we see the variety of challenges young politicians have to face. Our protagonists are always close to the people, who support, criticize or reject them. Despite the difficulties, they all have to act according to the motto “Keep on fighting!”.