Welcome to the New World

Shot during the G-20 summit 2017 in Hamburg, Germany: a fictional dystopia, that highlights the possible long-term effects of today's decisions and politics of the nations in power and emphasizes the responsibility of the individual – staged in the „setting“ of the real events of the summit. An interweaving of reality and fiction. A bridge building between today and tomorrow: contentual and film stylistic.

The protagonist Lenina is led in documentary way through a scarcity of resources and a worldwide enduring state of emergency. The elite group of the “Great 20”, that supposedly stand up for the protection of humanity, increasingly loses the trust of society, when repression gains the upper hand.

A restricted zone is set up and Lenina, who initially responds fairly passively and helplessly to the situation, loses access to her home. In her struggle to survive she has to deal with questions regarding the distribution of power and wealth, the legitimacy of violence, the responsibility and freedom of action of the individual and the kind of future we aspire to.

  • Anni Sultany
    Director
    https://sunnika-films.com/
  • Jerry Suen
    Director
    https://sunnika-films.com/
  • Anni Sultany
    Writer
  • Jerry Suen
    Writer
  • Sunnika Films
    Producer
    https://sunnika-films.com/
  • Anni Sultany
    Key Cast
    "Lenina Montag"
    https://annisultany.de/
  • Sven Schmidke
    Key Cast
    "Lennart (protestor)"
    http://www.svenschmidke.de/
  • Timo Klemm
    Music Composition, Sound Design & Mixing
    http://www.sonicsparks.com/
  • Hubert Davidé
    Compositing
  • Karol Jaszkiewicz
    Compositing
    http://dotsinmotion.de/
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Welcome to the New World
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama, Mockumentary, Policital, Social
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival der grenzenlosen Solidarität
    Hamburg
    Germany
    July 8, 2018
    World Premiere
  • Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
    Dorset
    United Kingdom
    July 22, 2018
    International Premiere, U.K. Premiere
    Winner - Audience Award (fiction)
  • Respect Human Rights Film Festival
    Belfast
    United Kingdom
    August 8, 2018
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Anarchy Filmfestival
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    September 6, 2018
    Portugal + Belgium Premiere
    Winner - Engaging Filmmaker Award
  • Kunstgriff Rolle
    Heide
    Germany
    September 9, 2018
    Winner - 3rd Place - Audience Award
  • Tryon International Film Festival
    North Carolina
    United States
    October 5, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Woodstock Film Festival
    Woodstock, New York
    United States
    October 13, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Bristol Radical Film Festival
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    October 14, 2018
    Winner
  • Unabhängiges FilmFest Osnabrück
    Osnabrück
    Germany
    October 17, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 8, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
    Lübeck
    Germany
    November 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Biberacher Filmfestspiele
    Biberach an der Riß
    Germany
    November 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • FRONTDOC Documentary Film Festival
    Aosta
    Italy
    November 6, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival
    Amman
    Jordan
    December 5, 2018
    Jordan Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 29. Istanbul International Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    December 14, 2018
    Turkey Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Independent Days | Internationale Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe
    Karlsruhe
    Germany
    April 4, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Festival Política
    Lissabon
    Portugal
    April 25, 2019
    Official Selection
  • On Vous Ment - Festival Documenteur
    Lyon
    France
    May 2, 2019
    France
    Official Selection
  • International Freethought Filmfestival
    PITTSBURGH
    United States
    September 20, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Social Machinery Film Festival
    Toronto, Palmi, Zagreb
    Canada
    Winner | Best Citizen Activism
Director Biography - Anni Sultany, Jerry Suen

Anni Sultany (*1985) is a native of Hamburg/Germany, a single mother of a 14-year old daughter and on stage since the age of 6. She finished her acting education in 2009 at the „Buehnenstudio der Darstellenden Künste“ in Hamburg, followed by a masterclass at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in L.A. and a dubbing training.
Since 2009 Anni is also present behind the camera (production, direction, texts, editing) and is now manly working as an independent filmmaker, actress for film and theater and voice artist for advertising, games and much more.

Jerry Suen (*1986) born and raised in the small town of Husum in Northern Germany, has been filming exciting and less exciting contents since the age of twelve. After his Bachelor of Arts degree at a Berlin Filmschool, Suen, whose family roots lie in Taiwan, now lives in Hamburg and works as a freelance conceptionist, director, editor and Director of Photography.

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Director Statement

WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD is a political and social self-motivated project – shot during the G20 summit 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

THE AMBITION
A science-fiction mockumentary that highlights the long-term-effects of today's politics and economy – in the light of the latest summit and the accompanied restrictions of civil rights and violent riots.

WHY
Because stories are a tool to move.
Because democracy doesn't retain by itself.
Because as residents we have been affected directly.

LOGISTICS
Two backpacks. Two bikes. The city was incapacitated.

THE SUMMIT
degenerated. So did the film.

THANKS TO
All those who put up resistance without hurting anybody.
All police officers who fulfilled their duties without violating any civil rights.

SPECIAL THANKS
for supporting this project with informations, activities, locations, solidarity, safe zones, food or feedback to:

Gängeviertel e.V., 1000 Gestalten – Kulturverein „Neu am See“ e.V., FC/MC International Media Center, Critical Mass, FC St. Pauli & Millerntor-Stadium, TeaAddicts & Teedeeler, St. Trinitatis Church Altona, Grenzenlose Solidarität statt G20, Lieber tanz ich als G20, Film Fatal, Erika's Eck, Café Kostbar

Theo Bruns, Dr. Daniel Kulle, Niklas Leifert, Theo Groen, Manfred Getzmann, Stephan Suen, Martin Hall, Hadrien Malinjod, Jürgen Pitzschel, Angela Kühl, Dedl Klemmt, Patryk Witt, Maria Hengge, Mike Webb, Lennart Wollmershäuser, Robert Kellner, Jann-Volquard Hansen, Elisa Tanusaputra, Martin Lehnert and all unknown helpers

and the crew: Timo Klemm (Music Composition Sound Design & Mixing), Hubert Davidé & Karol Jaszkiewicz (Compositing)