a film by Benno Trautmann


Germany | 2010 | 63:00 min

Formal Categories

Nature / Animals Science

Content Categories

Documentary Experimental
The basic question: Why does homo sapiens destroy his living conditions?
The topic: Destruction. The structure: Association of pictures, scenes, sounds and headwords of a fictitious MADMAN'S DICTIONARY, not conforming to standards of thought, speech and action. The main character: Homo sapiens, the pride of creation, master of disaster, exterminator and self-exterminator. The basic question: Why does homo sapiens destroy his living conditions?
There is no answer to that question, but the question rotates in my brain, when I started making pictures and sounds without faces and voices of humans. Looking for traces of man-made destruction I found visible and invisible signs of violation, contamination, extermination and the omen of self-extermination: Homo sapiens going gaga.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Benno Trautmann
  • Screenwriter Benno Trautmann
  • Director of Photography Benno Trautmann
  • Editor Antonia Lerch
Original Languages


Production Company
Harun Farocki Filmproduktion
Pfarrstr. 96, 10317 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 5533643

Fax: +49 30 57794019
Links / Reference
FIDMarseille, France (Festival International du Film Marseille, Competition International - PremiƩre mondiale) dokumentART Neubrandenburg, Germany + dokumentART Szczecin, Poland (European Film Festival for Documentaries, International Competiton, German and Polnish Premiere) Festival International du Film La Roche-sur Yon, France (Carte Blanche) DOCLisboa, Portugal (International Film Festival, New Visions Section) DOKLeipzig, Germany (Kuratierte Messe) Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina (Panorama Section) Festival International du Film d'Environnement Paris, France (Competition International)
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