Experiencing Interruptions?


Intimate and rare documentary insight into the world of the traditional student fraternity, „corps Germania“.

GERMANIA explores young men on their search for identity in a time of impermanence and constant change. Amidst current populist upheaval, “traditional values“ resurface while a surge of participation in fraternities becomes fashionable again. Today there are more than 1,600 student associations internationally with over 190,000 members of German-speaking origin. In observing scenes, the film approaches the members of Corps Germania. For the members of the conservative fraternity, it is lived democracy and a school for life. For outsiders, it is a claustrophobic cosmos with strict rules, rigid hierarchy and strange rituals. But what does it mean to be a man, what are they searching for in the digital age, where does a political attitude come from? The filmmakers take a look behind the usual lines of argumentation and find out how the young men find their bearings in the tension between tradition and modernity.

  • Lion Bischof
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    1 hour 18 minutes
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    January 22, 2019
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  • Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival
    January 22, 2019
    World Premiere
    Best Film Music in a Documentary
  • Crossing Europe
  • EDOC Encuentros del Otro Cine
Director - Lion Bischof