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Screening: Waiting for the summer’s return
17th May 2019 | 21:00 - 22:30
duration: 96 minutes, 2017
Ever since Pegida sprang up there has been resistance – colourful, loud and sometimes rhythmic. The rhythms of the counter-protests were often set by the local protest brass band “Banda Comunale”, who formed when the aim was to re-conquer the streets of Dresden, Freital or Clausnitz. But soon the musicians were no longer satisfied with being always “against”. They emancipated themselves from the manic defenders of the occident, started to play more gigs in refugee reception camps and shelters, and it didn’t take long until musicians from Syria, Burkina Faso, Palestine, Iraq and Iran joined the original combo of eleven and it became the “Banda Internationale”.
Barbara Lubich and Michael Sommermeyer followed the band at gigs and rehearsals, but also in their daily life between flat shares and reception camps. The result is a film that shows that an “against” can yield something new, strong and original. It’s only logical then that “Banda Internationale” are no longer just accompanying protests and asylum seekers but also performing in prisons (whose inmates are predominantly German) and at the renowned Heimatsound festival in Oberammergau. One of the band’s greatest hits, by the way, is the German 1970s pop song that gave the film its title, performed by Ezé Wendtoin from Burkina Faso.