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6th DMZ Docs(2014)

I AM DOCU



The Humanitarians

Maximilian HASLBERGER

  • Germany
  • 2014
  • 99min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

Through its portrayal of two disabled people who struggle to lead healthy sex life, Humanitarians poses some fundamental questions about sexual desires of those with disabilities. The camera closely observes the two men’s daily life, and does not hesitate to reveal even their most intimate and private moments. For example, we are allowed to see that one of the two protagonists pays for sex. However, rather than just fulfilling our voyeuristic desires, this film sets out to bring forth some fundamental questions about sexual rights of the disabled. When it comes to sexual life of the disabled, their ‘privacy’ is not respected. This strategy of active exposure carried out by the camera and its subjects in collusion provocatively confronts the issue of denying the disabled their sexual desires and autonomy. Most of all, this film asks some ethical questions regarding the fundamental limitations (or dilemmas) of humanism in a radical and thoughtful manner. (BYUN Sung-chan)

Review

Director

  • Maximilian HASLBERGER

    Born 1984 in Minneapolis,USA. After graduating from high school Maximilian Haslberger studied for one year at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 2007 he began his degree at the Filmakademie BadenWürttemberg, which he completed in 2013. In 2010 he founded his production company AMERIKAFILM, with which he produced the German-Brazilian coproduction BRASA by Sebastian Mez and the German-Egyptian co-production IT WAS RELATED TO ME by Mohammad Shawky Hassan. The 2014 finished film ICH WILL MICH NICHT KÜNSTLICH AUFREGEN by Max Linz premiered at the International Film Festival Berlin. Die Menschenliebe (The Humanitarians) (2014) Das Letzte Kapitel (The Last Chapter) (2012)Als Wir Noch Kinder Waren (2010) Kill Bull (2006)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerMartin BACKHAUS
  • Screenwriter Sebastian MEZ
  • Editor Katharina FIEDLER
  • Music Jochen JEZUSSEK

Contact

Contact   Amerikafilm

Tel  49 172 966 0385

E-mail  m.haslberger@gmx.de​