“HERZ STICHT” is the story of a patchwork family that passes on emotional wounds and patterns of (mis)communication over four generations in Austria and Germany. Through combining Observational Cinema, archival footage and interviews, the director Michaela Resch dives into an intimate quest of exploring reoccurring separations in each of her family’s generation. The 98 years old Ernestine leads through the documentary that takes place in Carinthia, Vienna, Bonn and Berlin. Resch’s relatives reflect their personal family histories, their experiences and emotions, revealing the complexities of a family system and its members. “HERZ STICHT” opens up a sensitive discussion about memories, sense of belonging and the tension between family ideals and actual family life.
© Michaela Resch, 2019
HALTUNG VOR MEINUNG
STANCE BEFORE OPINION (Eng. title)
“HALTUNG VOR MEINUNG” reflects on the political onlinemovement #immernochbesseralsstrache (#stillbetterthanstrache) two years after its first launch. During Austrian regional and municipal council elections in 2015, a group of friends took action to fight against the FPÖ, a rightwing populist party. The film gives an insight into the activists’ motivations and discusses questions of freedom of speech, sense of community and one’s role in a democracy.
Documentary Short, 2017
© Michaela Resch, 2017
Miriam sends an email to a complaints office. An email that tells a painful story. A story of everyday racism. A story that happens in Germany on a daily basis. Through Miriam’s personal perspective the film discusses her feeling of powerlessness, her pain, her questions.
Documentary Short, 2016
Anna Caroline Arndt, Michaela Resch
Awarded with the special price of the Foundation of the Sorbian People (Stiftung für das sorbische Volk) at the 26th Filmfestival Cottbus
Nominated for the European filmprice for political child and youth documentaries ”GROSSE KLAPPE” – founded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb)
© Anna Caroline Arndt & Michaela Resch, 2016