docfilm42 in May

Dear docfilm42 friend,

At the beginning of this year, investigative journalists broke the news of a secret meeting between avowed neo-Nazis and representatives of the AFD, CDU and ÖVP in Potsdam . The meeting was intended to forge a master plan for so-called remigration.
Since then, countless people across Germany have taken to the streets against right-wing extremism.
But the dangers from the right are nothing new. And some initiatives have been trying to stop the advance of the radical right for a long time. Their results and experiences are sobering.

In our next event next Sunday, May 26, 2024

“What to do against Nazis?”

we will present two approaches to counter the increasing shift to the right.
Filmmaker Peter Ohlendorf (Blut muss fließen – Undercover unter Nazis / Blood Must Flow – Undercover Among Nazis) and a representative of the alliance “Aufstehen gegen Rassismus / Stand Up Against Racism” will provide insight into their work and experiences.
More details below.

More docfilm42 activities in May:

On Monday, May 27, 2024, we invite you to our annual hybrid general meeting at 7:30 pm.

And on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 7:30 pm, at the digital regulars’ table, we’ll share our experiences with crowdfunding for our films. What is/was going well? What is/was difficult? What leads to success?

These two events are for members only.

Below you will also find the advance notice for our digital event on
June 27, 2024, at 7:30 pm on the topic of media libraries.

If you want to become part of our growing network, you can become a member for €42 per year.
You can find the membership form here.

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Have a nice May
your docfilm42 team

“What to Do Against Nazis?”
Zoom event
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 11:00 am

Film excerpts and discussion with the alliance Aufstehen gegen Rassismus.

Registration under this link

Director Peter Ohlendorf shows us excerpts from his film “Blut muss fließen – Undercover unter Nazis” /Blood Must Flow – Undercover Among Nazis (90 min / 2012 / German / Germany), with which he has been touring Germany for 12 years. He provides information about the neo-Nazi scene and cooperates with initiatives and organizations from civil society, politics, trade unions, the church and sports.

The nationwide alliance “Aufstehen gegen Rassismus” (AgR/Stand Up Against Racism), on the other hand, focuses on the fight against the AfD. It involves many local actors and individuals from various organizations, trade unions and associations.

Across Germany, volunteer supporters in regional and local groups and alliances organize information events, argumentation training and protests against the AfD. To this end, AgR sends out information and protest material nationwide, trains teamers and provides central support to local actors in the planning and implementation of nationwide protests, such as the current one against the AfD’s national party conference in Essen on the last weekend of June.

About the film:
The singer shouts violent slogans, the neo-Nazis go wild, arms raised in the Hitler salute: When journalist Thomas Kuban films a neo-Nazi concert with a hidden camera for the first time, he provides insight into a youth scene that few outsiders dare to enter. One song he comes across again and again: “Blood must flow thick as a stick…”.

Thomas Kuban has spent around 15 years researching the neo-Nazi scene. For almost nine years of them, he worked with a hidden camera, gathering frightening impressions across Europe that have gone unnoticed for far too long. Even 12 years after its premiere at the 2012 Berlinale, the film has lost none of its topicality.

Anyone interested in organizing an event can contact Peter directly at

Documentaries in the media library – In search of new narrative styles
Zoom event
Thursday, 27.06.2024, 7:30 pm

Registration at this link

In recent years, public broadcasters have increasingly focused on developing their media libraries and winning back younger target groups. This entails some changes in the narrative styles.
We talk to Marion Böhm, responsible for documentary formats in the ZDF Mediathek, about new freedoms, opportunities and requirements of storytelling

Marion Böhm joined ZDF directly after her traineeship. There she worked as an editor and head of department in the politics, society and contemporary history department. She has been a format developer at ZDF for five years and supports editorial teams in developing and implementing documentary formats for the ZDFmediathek – especially with regard to target group orientation, formatting and types of production for a streaming audience.