CIVIS Media Monitoring
Latest Developments, Themes, Trends in the Media
The CIVIS Media Monitoring offers a comprehensive overview of current developments, issues and trends in the European media on the themes of migration, integration and cultural diversity. On the basis of more than 700 programme entries for the annual competition of the CIVIS Media Prize for Radio, Film, Television and Internet, the image and development of the European immigration society in the media are described.
The media have a responsible role to play: the media are simultaneously observers, reporters and protagonists. They not only portray the rapid process of social change, they also shape it. The media determine our view of current developments and can make a significant contribution to social integration.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, countless people fleeing from terror, war and oppression in search of a better life for themselves and their children. The 2016 European Competition convinces in the "Information" section in all categories with powerful and moving time documents. The programme contributions focus on flight, the causes of flight - but also on the challenges of immigration: the fear of imported conflicts, the radicalization of extreme right-wing groups, the continuing popularity of xenophobic slogans like the series of arson attacks on refugee shelters. Repeatedly clearly apparent, the humanitarian aid and support of the majority of the population. The fictional area shows multiple treatments of social integration efforts. Cinematically and theatrically outstanding. On the Internet, wonderful web documentaries predominate. Impressive programme contributions in sports coverage are recognized with the CIVIS Special Prize "Football + Integration". With 936 competition entries - qualitatively and quantitatively the most successful CIVIS competition in the 29 years of its existence.
BVB v. The Right-wing – Dortmund and its unpopular
Author: Mareike Wilms
Editors: Marion Schmickler, Barbara Schmitz (WDR)
Content: Borussia Dortmund (BVB) has around ten million fans - at home matches, the stadium with 80,000 seats is always sold out. The top European club is the leading identification symbol for the people of the region. So-called neo-Nazis increasingly use the stadium as a setting for their banners and symbols. The hard core of fans with extreme right-wing views is small - but noisy and violently inclined. For two years, the BVB has openly opposed these fans and publicly positioned itself against racism. Impressive documentary - convincing, concrete, highly informative.
NRW helps – Burscheider Football Club plays with refugees
WDR 2 Morgenmagazin
Author: Jennifer von Massow
Editors: Fabian Raphael, Carsten Manz (WDR)
Content: Commitment for refugees. The Burscheider Football Club, approaches refugees and invites them to join in a football game. Football is a language that is spoken internationally. In Burscheid the refugee camp is almost right alongside the football pitch. What could be more natural than to invite the refugees to play with them. The club’s officials make contact with the refugees and take a few young men onto the pitch. A Syrian turns out to be a doctor and physiotherapist: He offers to look after the players from now on. Fast-paced, with no false pathos - informative and humorous.
Authorized representatives: Hans Helmreich, Steffen Lunkenheimer (BR)
Conception: Manuel Mohr, Maximilian Zierer, Steffen Kühne, Christian Sonnberger (BR)
Content: "Home advantage" – Where do the players in the Football Bundesliga come from? Where was Mario Götze born? How many Bundesliga players come from Japan? Which club has the most professional players who play in their home town? The online project of BR-Data and the BR Sport editorial department, provide the answers to these and many other questions. With interactive maps that show the birthplaces of more than 500 players. Mario Götze was born in Memmingen. Nine Bundesliga professionals come from Japan. The German Bundesliga as a good example of integration in practice. Interactive, multi-faceted and multi-medial - outstanding data journalism.
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK)
(Zurich College of Art)
Director: Piet Baumgarther
Examination Board: Prof. Markus Imboden (ZHdK)
Content: Based on a true story. Alina was fifteen when her world suddenly became totally confused. Her stepfather was arrested. The Nigerian was accused of dealing with drugs. Alina knows that that is not true. The scandal surrounding her stepfather ended Alina’s youth and put the whole family under pressure. The demoralizing grueling wait for the process begins. Alina realizes that her youthful ideals no longer have a place in the new reality. In Alina's story, Switzerland is representative of the increasing xenophobia all over Europe. Racism as a pan-European problem. Cinematically and theatrically impressive.
The Balkan Route – On the Flight
Author: Zoran Dobrić
Editor: Zoran Dobrić
Content: The great wave of refugees in late August 2015. The report accompanies the first large group of Middle Eastern refugees from the Macedonian-Serbian to the Serbian-Hungarian border. Thousands of fleeing people, long lines of migrants in extreme distress: babies, children, teenagers, adults, old men and women. Totally exhausted, silent and yet resolutely determined to only look ahead. An outstanding contemporary report of flight. Empathic, committed, sensitive. Powerful images, which give people a face.
Author, director: Anna Thommen
Producers: Urs Augstburger (SRF), Rolf Schmid and Stefan Eichenberger (Fama Film), Anita Wasser (ZHdK) Editor: Urs Augstburger, SRF
Content: An integration class in Basle. The young people should get to know the language and culture of Switzerland within a period of two years. They all hope to leave their tough past and the sometimes traumatic misfortunes behind them and be able to live their dreams in Switzerland. The teacher of young migrants is under no illusions but nevertheless never ceases to teach the young people the belief in themselves and in a better future. The reality of young people is sympathetically presented, without making any value judgements. Cinematically outstanding, impressive characters. Close to the people - shows the way it is.
EU: Shortly before the Crash? The Great European Disaster Movie
Author, director: Annalisa Piras
Producers: Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott (Springshot Productions) Editors: Claudia Bucher (ARTE), Nick Fraser and Kate Townsend (BBC), Axel Arno (SVT)
Content: In the not too distant future. The little girl Jane gets on a flight in a violent storm. In order to distract her, a passenger sitting beside her tells her five stories about the EU - what it once was, why everything was falling apart and what was being lost through its downfall. The stories lead back to the Europe of today. Will Europe find itself sliding into disaster, as a result of growing nationalism, economic crises and dissatisfaction? With interviews and reports from Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Croatia. A thoughtful and moving film - a brilliant presentation. Dramatically illustrates the loss of European values.
Author, director: Andreas Pieper
Producer: Martin Heisler Editors: Stefanie Groß (SWR), Georg Steinert (ARTE)
Content: Contemporary “Heimatfilm” from Berlin Neukoelln. The confrontation between a Turkish left-wing extremist and a right-wing East Berliner results in a violent conflict, in which it is soon a matter of life and death. In order to protect his district from Nazis and speculators, the German-Turkish Cem frequently comes into conflict with the law. When the passionate football player comes into contact with the right-wing extremist Roman at a football match, opponents soon become bitter enemies. Calli, a criminal property speculator wants to make profit out of this conflict. Big city lifestyle with great emotional and scene intensity. With impressive actors.
Meat Loaf Land
ARD DEGETO/Ziegler Film
Author, director: Nils Willbrandt
(based on the novel by Dr. Lale Akgün)
Producer: Tanja Ziegler
Editors: Barbara Süßmann (Degeto), Sophie Seitz (WDR)
Content: Turkish immigrants in Germany in the 1960s. In a humorous way, the novel describes the true story of a Turkish cosmopolitan feminist who follows her husband into the Ruhr area in 1962. Integration as a painful, but in the final analysis, successful process. Just as Latife is celebrating having passed her entrance examination for Istanbul University, her dream of an academic career is also already over. With a heavy heart she follows her husband Burhan to Germany. He takes over a dental practice in Moers / NRW. Unusual story of a family - told with humour. Cinematically and theatrically outstanding.
The New One
Author: Christoph Silber
(based on an idea by Buket Alakus)
Director: Buket Alakus
Producer: Katja Herzog
Editors: Karina Ulitzsch, Günther van Endert (ZDF)
Content: Sensitive drama with topical socio-political issues. As a result of the religious beliefs of a Turkish girl, at a German school it leads to an ever deepening conflict with classmates and the teacher. Sevda is intelligent, confident, from a good family and wears a headscarf as a matter of conviction. She demands her right to freedom of religion from her teacher and from the whole school. Sevda's special wishes go much too far for many of them. Using the example of the "headscarf", the limits of liberal school positions are discussed. Very topical theme about identity and values – joint rules and tolerance. Cinematically outstanding.
Monitor: Refugee Drama in the Mediterranean. How the EU creates Causes of Flight rather than combating them
Authors: Peter Heller, Bernhard Rübe, Achim Pollmeier, Frank Konopatzki
Editors: Georg Restle, Markus Zeidler (WDR)
Content: "Combat the causes of flight" is one of the central demands of European political leaders in response to the mass death of refugees in the Mediterranean. But the blame for the thousands of deaths is also shared by the trade and agricultural policy of the EU and Germany. Hundreds of thousands of farmers and fishermen have lost their livelihoods due to them. Anyone who wants to seriously fight the causes of flight must address this. Instead, new trade agreements threaten, which will force the developing countries even further towards the brink. Presents the whole tragedy - moving, haunting, compelling.
On the Limit – the Helpers from Wegscheid
Author: Lisa Schurr
Editors: Bettina Schoen, Bernhard Schäfer (BR)
Content: Volunteers at the German-Austrian border crossing point Wegscheid. In November thousands of people are pressing to cross the border into Germany. The politicians appear to be overwhelmed, attempt to justify organizational failure. The helpers in Wegscheid do not talk about being overwhelmed, they tackle the problem. They prevent the situation escalating. They do not question the fact that the refugees are coming. They believe it is human, to limit the chaos and to help the people. Topical short report, close to the people – impressive pictures, forming strong, sensitive, impressive.
Contrasts: Chaos at the Berlin Refugees Center
Authors: Caroline Walter, Christoph Rosenthal
Editors: Reinhard Borgmann (RBB)
Content: Politicians and an incompetent administration promote the plight of refugees in Berlin. In pouring rain, refugees with young children stand and hope to be admitted. In front of the State Office of Health (LaGeSo) the conditions are comparable to those in refugee camps in war zones. Children and the sick are waiting for appointments, already at four o'clock in the morning. New refugees try to register, others need medical help and medicine. A system to provide appointments does not exist. Despite the alarming images the Berlin regional government has not got the problem under control. Inhumane conditions – a powerful report.
The Syrian Refugee Child Jan
Author: Jomana Djoumma
Editor: Tuba Tuncak-Grimmelijkhuizen (WDR)
Content: Jan is 10 years old. He has been living in Germany for one year, speaks five languages and has already lived in three countries: in Syria, Turkey and Germany. In his 10 years, Jan has already travelled extensively. But not voluntarily. Because Jan originally comes from Aleppo in Syria, where a terrible war has been raging for nearly four years and half of the people are on the run. Jan lives with his parents and his little brother as a refugee in Germany. He is looking forward to finally be able to go back to school. Powerful, in simple language for children, moving – Flight from the perspective of a child, very convincing.
Series: People on the Flight
Report Author, editor: Meinhard Mühlmann
Content: An Ö3 minute for contemplation - a brief portrait about people in flight. It tells the story of one refugee who, in the past few months, has arrived in Austria. With his personal experiences and thoughts, the brief portrait provides a reminder for the audience that it is very often a case of people with dramatic experiences. Providing food for thought - an additional dimension to the topical daily reporting. Emotionally moving, radiophonic, with a mass appeal - an outstanding short portrait from Austria’s most popular hit radio station.
Cooking for Peace – "Give something back to the German people"
Report Author: Toni Schmitt
Editor: Stefan Henkel (105`5 Spreeradio)
Content: Cookery classes given by refugees. Syrian, Afghan, Cambodian dishes are cooked. Each week dishes from a different home country. The refugees are not professional chefs, but men and women who live in refugee camps. The reports want to give refugees a face - in this case, Alex Assali. He prepares, at his own expense, hot meals which he distributes to the homeless on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin. Why? Because he wants to do it, because he can do it, because he is grateful. Gives refugees a voice, is close to the protagonists - with unusual statements, impressive, moving.
The Mosque beside the railway. Muslim Roma in Düsseldorf
Author: Ulla Lachauer
Director: Claudia Kattanek
Editor: Hermann Theißen (DLF)
Content: For 13 years they have been meeting for Friday prayers in Dusseldorf. Most of them arrived here in the 1960s as Yugoslavian immigrant workers. They have kept it secret for a long time that they were Roma and Muslims from Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. It was only with the war in Yugoslavia, which triggered a huge exodus to Western Europe that the past was there again: suddenly Muslim Roma from their home towns stood at their door, former neighbours, relatives. Gradually, they came together in their new homeland of Germany. Surprising, intensely atmospherically, is curious to dispel clichés - impressive.
Should I die in your country. About anonymous burials of refugees in Greece
Author: Marianthi Milona
Director: Susanne Krings
Editor: Karin Beindorff (DLF)
Content: The nameless dead of the Aegean. Never before have so many refugees lost their lives in Greece while trying to reach Europe than in the last five years. Where to put the nameless dead? The refugees have probably belonged to differing religious communities, each of which had different funeral rites. What chance have the members of the families to learn about the death or about the grave of their relatives? A search for clues in Greece. Dramatic, exciting, sensitive – a picture of helplessness. An outstanding feature of high radiophonic quality.
"We are the People" – The Rhetoric of the Right Wing Extremists
hr2-kultur DER TAG, Political feature
Authors: Christoph Käppeler (HR), Bernd Wolf (SWR), Michael Götschenberg (ARD), Andreas Teska (ARD)
Director: Dorothea Schuler
Editors: Angela Fitsch, Karen Fuhrmann, Dr. Oliver Glaap, Dr. Barbara Henke (HR)
Content: Mock-up gallows at a Dresden Pegida demonstration. Refugees defamed as "cattle" and "filthy pack". Angela Merkel denounced as "Betrayer of the Nation". Right-wing rhetoric is intellectual arson, is incitement and hatred against everything foreign. As a single-themed background programme, DER TAG analyzes current developments, widens the viewing angle and offers a variety of new perspectives, arguments and approaches. With reports and high-profile discussion partners live from the day. Confident, fast-paced, dramatically top class - with the conventional instruments of radio. Great authors, presenters and editors.
Philip Brink & Marieke van der Velden
Authorized representatives: Philip Brinck, Marieke van der Velden
Conception: Philip Brinck, Marieke van der Velden
Content: "The Island of All Together" – Some people are taking a holiday on Lesbos, the others are fleeing from terror and war. Some have travelled by plane, the others are stranded in a dinghy. Syrian refugees meet European tourists and in conversations exchange their very conflicting thoughts. A multimedia project with video documents, photographs, portraits, information on the theme of flight. Emotional, thought-provoking, impressive - shows the uncertainty and embarrassment of human encounters.
Channel 4 News
Authorized representative: Felix Renicks
Conception: Mike Smith, Felix Renicks, Kieron Bryan and Harry Horton
Editors: Jon Laurence and Ed Fraser (Channel 4 News)
Content: "Two Million Miles" shows the incredible distances that people fleeing from terror and war overcome on their way to Europe - more than two million miles. The interactive video stories offer the opportunity to realistically understand the experiences of refugees and migrants. The journeys start in Sinjar in Iraq, three cities in Syria, Somalia and Eritrea – true-to-the-original images without commentary. The user assumes the role of the migrants: his personal decisions influence the next steps and the fate of the journey. Extremely powerful pictures, rich in facts, authentic - with impressive perspectives.
Authorized representative: Roland Schenke
Conception: Roland Schenke, Silke Schmidt-Thrö
Editor: Thomas Neuschwander
Content: "How flight changed the world". The Web documentary describes the flight history of the human race. It shows how societies deal with refugees and how the flight situations are repeatedly mastered. Flight has reasons such as persecution, war, famine, natural disasters. Flight runs according to rules which are set by international law again and again. And flight has economic, cultural and social consequences. Movements of refugees are historical normality - many of the fears are unfounded. Outstanding data journalism, unusual graphics - offers precise historical classification and orientation.
Authorized representative: Philipp Dettmer
Conception: Philipp Dettmer, Philip Laibacher, Thomas Veit, Stephan Rether
Content: "The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained". Type text or a website address or translate a document. It explains the causes and the increase in numbers of refugees, in particular from Syria, as well as European fears of foreign infiltration, overloading of the social systems and increasing Islamization. The video ends with an appeal to Europe's role in history, not to forget its European values. It opposes the partially hysterical debates. A viral hit on the Internet. Graphically impressive and very informative – puts the key issues of the refugee issue in a nutshell.
Authorized representatives: Stephan Keicher, Hans Helmreich, Wolfgang Vichtl (BR)
Conception: Ulrike Köppen, Robert Schöffel, Pia Dangelmayer (BR)
Content: "NSU Interviews" offers an approach to the Munich NSU process from various points of view. With exclusive interviews, protocols, reporter diaries, graphics as well as original images from the process and the crime scenes. The web special provides an interactive overview of what happened in the courtroom and how differently it was interpreted. The focus of five interactive videos with interviews of fourteen process participants and observers. Highly professional, multi-perspective, technically and graphically outstanding – raises questions about the role of the state.
Authorized representative: Tobias Kargoll
Conception: Tobias Kargoll, Erich Unrau, Matthias Miemczyk
Content: "There are 1,000 answers to the refugee problem. The only true answer is provided by a 4-year-old". The four-year-old Niclas was casually asked during a recording session of the multicultural hip-hop scene, if there are any foreigners in his kindergarten. Niclas replies: “No, there are only children there”. The childlike naiveté leads to a better response than most of the political debates. The video became a viral hit on the Internet. Childlike but not childish - pointed, surprising and amusing twist.
Feature film by Oliver Hirschbiegel
Production: Lucky Bird Pictures Delphi Medien Philipp filmproduction
Film distribution: NFP marketing & distribution
Content: It was only 13 minutes. And Georg Elser could have changed world history. 13 Minutes which were missing and prevented a bomb made by him from killing Adolf Hitler. But things turned out differently on 8th November 1939 in Munich’s Bürgerbräukeller: Because Hitler prematurely left the scene of the attack - and Elser failed. Director Oliver Hirschbiegel tells the gripping story of Georg Elser: the background of the failed attack, the historical circumstances – right through to Elser's last days in Dachau
Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer
Feature film by Lars Kraume
Production: zero one film TERZ Film
Film distribution: Alamode Filmdistribution
Content: Germany 1957. While the young Federal Republic wants to leave the Nazi era behind, the Attorney-General Fritz Bauer tirelessly fights to bring the perpetrators to court in their own country. Twelve years after the end of the war, he received the crucial tip as to where the former SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann was hiding himself away. The resistance right up to the highest circles is forming. Lars Kraume creates the powerful and captivating portrait of a courageous man and his fight for justice
Er ist wieder da
Feature film by David Wnendt
Production: MYTHOS FILM, Constantin Film Produktion
Film distribution: Constantin Film Verleih
Content: He is here again. Nearly 70 years after his inglorious departure, Adolf Hitler wakes up in today’s Berlin. In the midst of peace, under Angela Merkel, and many thousands of foreigners, he embarks on a career in television. He is believed to be a politically not quite correct comedian and he becomes an acclaimed TV star, although outwardly and inwardly, he has not changed one iota. David Wnendt picks up Timur Vermes’ successful satire on "He's here again". No literary adaptation - almost a documentary visit to Germany.
Tschiller: Off Duty
Action film by Christian Alvart
Production: Syrreal Entertainment, Barefoot Films, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Film distribution: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Content: The TV series "Tatort" (Crime scene) will be presented on screen - full of action and more complex than ever before. The highly successful detective chief commissioner Nick Tschiller and his long-time partner Yalcin Guemer on a breathless odyssey through half of Europe. The search is on for Nick Tschiller’s daughter - Lenny. She has fallen into the hands of dubious organ dealers. Tschiller’s most personal case. Two unconventional Hamburger detectives in a race against time. Til Schweiger and director Christian Alvart, provide the crowning touch to the action-packed Tschiller "Tatort".
Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank
Drama by Hans Steinbichler
Production: Zeitsprung Pictures, AVE Gesellschaft für Fernsehproduktion, Universal Pictures International
Film distribution: Universal Pictures International Germany
Content: "Some day this terrible war will come to an end, some day we will be people once again and not only be Jews", writes Anne Frank around 70 years ago in her diary. With an impressive ability to observe, wisdom and humour, she describes her life and everyday matters in the rear part of Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht 263. For more than two years she had hidden there with her family from the Nazis. Hans Steinbichler has interpreted the world-famous diary as a film. A moving, extraordinary portrait of a young girl.