Case Synopses

BERLIN, Germany
CASE: Berlin, Germany. Bus Stop. February 7th, 2005. A 23 year old woman from Berlin is shot three times in the head at point blank range by her youngest brother. News reports proliferate and spread throughout Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. Why did this case receive so much media attention? How do different people and organizations use the death of Hatun Sürücü for their own purposes as the case became part of the current debate about “culture wars”?  

SALZBURG, Austria
CASE: Salzburg, Austria.  May 1996.  Early morning. Four teenagers, two boys and two girls, take a taxi from Hanuschplatz to Mönchsberg, walk through the woods until they come to a bench from where it is possible to see the entire city.  There they find a homeless man known in town as “the professor,” and beat him to death. 

ROSIGNANO SOLVAY, Italy
Rosignano Solvay is the only town in all of Italy that has taken it’s name from the local factory – SOLVAY.  The film follows the relationship of the town to the factory, focusing on the discovery of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (used in the production of PVC plastics) to be a carcinogen.  The question is if the factory ever informed the workers who handled the material and if they have ever openly discussed the number of deaths caused by its use in the 60s.  

KORTRIJK, Belgium  
CASE: 14th of June 2003. Saturday morning. 10u30. Rain. Grey weather. Lange Steenstraat Kortrijk.  Three men smash the window of Scaldis, a jewelry store. The shopkeeper shoots all three of them. One dies.  How do the people of Kortrijk tell the story? What’s the influence on the city and life in it? How did this change the city? Why did this happen here?

RIBAMAR, Portuga
In the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s Fishermen from 14 to 25 years old from this town of 2000 inhabitants began to illegally fish lobster off the coast of Mauritania earning between € 20.000 and 25.000  a month. 70 % of these young men over this period of time died from drug related causes. The whole town was caught in this net. Not a family exists without a story to tell.  And the legacy of drug use and abuse continues even today… 

BYTOM, Poland
Since the demise of the coal industries 10 years ago, Bytom is now full of some of Poland’s poorest people. Bands of teenagers have gotten together to rob the coal trains from the remaining mines. Some of these kids have been killed. They sell coal at cheaper prices back to the people of the town who also have no money to heat their homes in the brutal winters. Security guards, who often come from the very same neighborhoods as the thieves are standing on both side of the dilemma…  

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