Private Project

Waiting for the summer's return

Dresden in summer 2015: every Monday, Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West – PEGIDA – march through the center of the city while in the outskirts thousands of refugees move into makeshift camps. Banda Comunale, a brass band from Dresden, had played at demonstrations against PEGIDA all year long. But PEGIDA didn’t stop, and the enraged citizens protest in front of the camps and shelters. This is when Banda started to give welcoming concerts there and to welcome refugee musicians. Banda Comunale becomes Banda Internationale.
The documentary follows the musicians throughout one year – from being an integration project to a band celebrated throughout Germany. It’s story is told through dozens of concerts, personal stories, conflicts and joy. Thus it is a chronicle of a year that changed everything, a portrait of a city and a country, a drama and a comedy, and captivating musical.

  • Barbara Lubich
    Come together. Dresden and the 13th February
  • Michael Sommermeyer
    Come together. Dresden and the 13th February
  • Barbara Lubich
  • Michael Sommermeyer
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    1 hour 35 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 9, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
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    English, German
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  • Student Project:
    October 31, 2017
Director Biography - Barbara Lubich, Michael Sommermeyer

Barbara Lubich (*1977 in Trento) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Dresden. Her works are documentaries, installations and interdisciplinary collaborative projects. She works along the borders between art and documentaries to explore the intersection of research and sensorial experiences. She studied Sociology both in Italy and Germany. PhD in contemporary history. Her artistic work started in dance in the 90ies and developed towards camera. Her works were shown at Kunstfilm Biennale Köln, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, DOK Leipzig, Festival de Videodanca Buenos Aires or in exhibitions at Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Founding member of Zentralwerk e.V. (received the Kunstförderpreis der Stadt Dresden in 2013) and Zentralwerk Kultur- und Wohngenossenschaft Dresden eG. She is shareholder of the filmmaker collective hechtfilm filmproduction.

Michael Sommermeyer: After studying politics and history in Dresden and Montpellier he has been a freelancer in the field of media. Parallel to this, he has been producing animation and short films during the last 15 years. In 2011 he founded hechtfilm transforming it to a film production company together with Barbara Lubich. In 2013 the first joint project was presented in theatres: Come Together. Since then he is been the production manager of the company keeping an eye on the potentiality of the content.

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