No Justice for Women - Die "Kölner Silvesternacht"

Nearly 6 years ago, on New Year's Eve 2015, more than thousend young women have been sexual harassed, sexual assaulted or robbed in Cologne/Germany in front of Cologne Central Station. Some of the women were also raped. Most of the perpetrators were young men with north african origin. "One of the victims, identified only as Katja L, told the Kölner Express: “When we came out of the station, we were very surprised by the group we met, which was made up only of foreign men … We walked through the group of men, there was a tunnel through them, we walked through … I was groped everywhere. It was a nightmare. Although we shouted and hit them, they men didn’t stop. I was horrified and I think I was touched around 100 times over the 200 metres.” " (The Guardian, 5th January 2016)

In the weeks after this New Year's Eve, 1210 women filed charges at the police or the general prosecutor. Among the suspects were many young men from North African Countries. Until today, only 36 perpetrators have been sentenced by justice. Even in a so called failed state, I wouldn't have expected this - and I definitely wouldn't have expected this in Gremany

Remark - The Film Poster: Some days after New Years' Eve 2015, one of the suspects was controlled by the police near Cologne Central. He had this german/arabic translation note with him and also videos of the assaults on his mobile. The notes mean, for ex.: Big tits; I want to fuck; I kill you. Also this suspect was neither accused nor sentenced by Justice...

"Nordrhein-Westfalens Ministerpräsident Armin Laschet hat ein Stück geschrieben und unter seinem Namen veröffentlicht. „Der Albtraum von Köln“ heißt der Namensbeitrag, der im Kölner Stadtanzeiger erschien. Das ist kein Zufall: Der CDU-Politiker erinnert an die Kölner Silvesternacht, als sich ein Mob von Nordafrikanern über weiße Frauen hermachte. Exakt fünf Jahre ist das jetzt her. Nichts von dem, was Laschet da aufgeschrieben hat, ist falsch, dass seine Landesregierung für mehr Polizisten sorgt, in der inneren Sicherheit eine „Null-Toleranz“-Linie fährt. Aber eins steht nicht in diesem Beitrag. Ein Zufall ist das nicht.
Logisches Schweigen. Die Kölner Silvesternacht hat Geschichte geschrieben. Sie veränderte die Stimmung im Land grundsätzlich. Dieser überwiegend von Asylsuchenden begangene Gewaltakt an deutschen Frauen brachte die von Angela Merkel ausgerufene Willkommenskultur für Flüchtlinge an ihr Ende. Schließlich war sie der Anfang vom Ende der SPD-Spitzenpolitikerin Hannelore Kraft..." (Ulrich Reitz, FOCUS, 01.01.2021)

  • Daniel Burkholz
  • Daniel Burkholz
  • Daniel Burkholz
  • The Perpetrators
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  • The assaulted Women
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  • The General Prosecutor
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  • The Chief of the Police
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  • The City Mayor
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    human rights, politics, human interest, contemporary society, womens rights
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 8, 2022
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  • ROADSIDE - Courageous Films
Director Biography - Daniel Burkholz

Daniel Burkholz is an award winning filmmaker, producer and lawyer. He worked as lawyer for environment protection organizations. Later, he worked as leading officer in the fields of environment protection and education. After an intermezzo as divemaster in Thailand, Indonesia and Egypt, he studied the Nomad's culture of the Sinai, the Nomad's Culture of the Great Thar desert, and the Aborigine's culture in Queensland. In 2005, Daniel Burkholz founded Roadside Dokumentarfilm. The UN and the civil society in many countries uses ROADSIDE films for their work. More over, the films have been officially selected for more than 300 film festivals, fests and film series around the world. In 2020, Daniel Burkholz foundend the Nomads of Documentary Biennial

Der preisgekrönte Filmemacher, Produzent und Rechtsassessor Daniel Burkholz war langjährig im Umweltschutz- und Bildungsbereich und auch als Rechtsanwalt tätig. Nach einem Intermezzo als Divemaster in Thailand, Indonesien und Ägypten studierte er die Kultur der Nomaden des Sinai, der Großen Thar Wüste und der Aborigines in Queensland. 2005 gründete Daniel Burkholz Roadside Dokumentarfilm. Die Vereinten Nationen und die Zivilgesellschaft in vielen Ländern nutzen die ROADSIDE Filme für ihre Arbeit. Die Filme wurden bereits für mehr als 150 Filmfestivals, Filmfeste und Filmreihen in aller Welt offiziell ausgewählt. 2020 hat Daniel Burkholz die Nomads of Documentary Biennale gegründet.

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Director Statement

In the early morning of 1st January 2016, I went home from a party around 3 AM and had to change subway at Cologne Central. There, many groups of young men were hanging around; the atmosphere was rather aggressive. Also some young women were at the station. I got the impression that they had experienced bad things. No police officers at all were patrolling the scene. Later that day, the radio brought a report of what had happened...

At that time, I worked as a lawyer, so I filed a charge at the General Prosecutor Cologne - it took until November 2017, until the General Prosecutor even answered me - he dismissed the charge...

Justice for Women!