Recently, media coverage focused increasingly on Germans from Russia who were portrayed as core electorate of populist AfD party in the context of last year's federal elections. This image has become rather prevalent in public opinion but so far, no attempt has been made to challenge it. We want to do so by making a movie that gives a voice to the affected community as well as conducting workshops that use this movie as a starting point for questions on political inclusion and democracy.
Ruhr area, German
German society, as many other across Europe, is facing the challenge of political polarisation and populism. We want to stand up to this development and strengthen democracy by giving voice to a marginalised and stereotyped community, thus facilitating a dialogue about political inclusion.
Our project aims to increase awareness of the plurality of opinions and experiences within a certain minority community and to challenge the common perception of distinct social groups as a unitary actor. Additionally, the workshops are designed to foster civic education among the participants.
The main point of this project is to encourage a dialogue between Germans from Russia and other communities, since this dialogue currently does not take place. The movie is made to make their voice effectively heart, whereas the workshops are based on a screening of this movie that will kick off debates and seminars on democracy and inclusion involving affected and non-affected people.
As everyone of us has a special connection to both Germany and Russia, we feel the need for this project, so there actually is a dialogue and debate between the majority of society and the politically marginalised group Germans from Russia. We see this as a starting point for a broader public debate
This project of is for Germans from Russia to raise their voice against common stereotypes; it is for political actors to gain a better understanding of the issue; it if for everyone to start a dialogue with affected people and to rethink democratic inclusion of minority communities.
We would be glad to discuss our whole project, especially the design of the workshops and possibilities to use the film beyond our project.