autofocus | videowerkstatt: Politically committed, independent documentary films made with a maximum of commitment and dedication.
Germany, 81 min.
D: Holger Wegemann
The Hasenheide in Berlin-Neukölln is a large inner-city park the size of 50 football fields. It is ususally sensationalized by the German media as dealer mecca and a drug discount store. But for the local residents, it's is an important spot for leisure and sport. A place for everyone - whether ordinary joggers and run-of-the-mill dog owners, or for extremely unconventional odd birds and other dandies.
autofocus | videowerkstatt produces and distributes politically committed, independent documentary films. autofocus distributes approximately 250 films, most of which were made on a shoe-string budget. Tight budgets notwithstanding, our films were made with a maximum of commitment and dedication. The roots of autofocus | videowerkstatt originated in the video movement of the late 1970s. As the New Left in Germany emerged, video and media workshops were born with the goal of creating leftist counter-publicity to the mainstream media. autofocus | videowerkstatt’s films productions report on the social developments, and they also offer a forum to alternative and socio-critical movements and protests autofocus Videowerkstatt continues to support institutions, socio-politically committed initiatives and independent film makers in their audio-visual media efforts.