Hamburger Lektionen

Hamburger Lektionen

Deutschland 2005/2006, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

Hamburg Lectures

At the end of the 1990s Mohammed Fazazi became Imam of the Al Quds mosque in Hamburg. In January of the year 2000, during the last few days of Ramadan, Fazazi held a number of ‘lessons’ in the mosque’s prayer room, during which those present were able to pose questions on various aspects of life that they would normally have to submit in writing. These sessions were recorded on video tape anonymously and distributed in the mosque’s book shop, but also outside the mosque. After the attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York and Washington, it became known that three of the four suicide pilots, but also others – members of the so-called Hamburg Group – had attended the Al Quds mosque regularly, and were in close contact with Imam Fazazi.


The film "Hamburger Lektionen" is a word for word reconstruction based on these video recordings, of two entire sessions from January 2000. It provides a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the internal logic of an Islamic thinker and preacher. Mohammed Fazazi returned to his native Morocco in October 2001. (Production Notes) Romuald Karmakar’s earlier film, "Das Himmler-Projekt", was about a speech by Heinrich Himmler that lasted three-and-a-half hours (which publisher Joachim C. Fest once described as “one of the most appalling testimonies in the German language”). The current work marks the second of Karmakar’s projects in which he attempts to get closer to a submerged testimonial by filming actor Manfred Zapatka reciting it for the camera.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Director:Romuald Karmakar
Screenplay:Romuald Karmakar
Co-author:Achmed Khammas, Günther Orth, Maria Legann, F. Franzmathes, Dirk Laabs, Katrin Berg, Ouifaq Benkiran
Script editor:Sten Nadolny (Lektorat)
Director of photography:Fred Schuler, Frank Müller, Casey Campell
Assistant camera:Nikolai Kano
Still photography:Felix Hassenfratz
Production design:Anja Müller
Make-up artist:Eberhard Neufink
Costume design:Bettina Krauss (Beratung)
Editing:Romuald Karmakar, Karin Nowarra, Uwe Klimmeck (Vorbereitung)
Sound:Paul Oberle
Participation:Manfred Zapatka (Vortragender)
Voice:August Diehl
Production company:Pantera Film GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Romuald Karmakar
Co-Producer:Dirk Laabs
Executive producer:Mathias Schwerbrock
Executive producer:Harald Will, Uwe Leippar
Production coordinator:Jessica Petzold
Shoot:12.2005: Park-Studios Potsdam-Babelsberg
Original distributor:Farbfilm Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:134 min
Format:DigiBeta, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 11.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 20.09.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 24.01.2008, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Hamburger Lektionen

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Length:134 min
Format:DigiBeta, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 11.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 20.09.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 24.01.2008, Arte
 

Awards

Duisburger Filmwoche 2006
3sat-Filmpreis, Bester deutscher Dokumentarfilm
 

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