Video: Memories from German South West Africa

A look at German colonial history.

Vermächtnisstudie: Erinnerungen aus Deutschland Südwest

Director: Christian Zipfel
Executive producer: Alina Schäfers
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

It is now more than 100 years since the Herero and Nama genocide in Namibia. Yet it’s only now, with Germany being sued for compensation, that it is shifting into our awareness of history. An examination of the past in order to redefine the legacy.

A view to the Legacy study: How does a former German colony affect us? Why should precisely Germany assume so much responsibility given the countless European colonial crimes? The way we define ourselves today and the image of ourselves we present in the world is linked to how we approach Germany’s past. The frank processing of the past has become a large part of German identity and can be seen as the strength of a morally conscious society. In this context “Erinnerungen aus Deutsch-Südwest” approaches a chapter that has barely been addressed at all.

You can decide who will receive the audience award in the film contest about the Legacy Study. Voting is possible from November 15 to November 22 (12 pm CET) – simply give a “Like” to your favourite short film. Meanwhile, a jury will select three works as well.