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Schweigen = Tod
- 55 min.
- Year of Production:
- David Wojnarowicz
- Production Company:
- Rosa von Praunheim Filmproduktion
- Berlinale Section:
- Berlinale Category:
- Documentary Film
- Teddy Award:
- Teddy Jury Award
Director Rosa von Praunheim explores the reactions of New York City's artistic community to the ravages of the AIDS epidemic and other issues of homosexuality in this haunting documentary. In SILENCE=DEATH, viewers witness a wide range of emotions, including anger, fear, and longing. An important historical document, this film captures these emotions and more in poignant fashion. Artist David Wajnarowicz appears in an unforgettable segment, shaking with anger as he confronts the diseased society that has turned its back on him and all other AIDS victims. Painter Rafael Gamba provides a vengeful indictment of homophobic bigotry. Other segments include Keith Haring sharing his nostalgic longing for the days of carefree sex and Allen Ginsberg's musings on sexual experimentation and attitudes. (Scott Albright, Rovi)
Part III: FIRE UNDER YOUR ASSES
additional Interview on YouTube: Avram Finkelstein, a member of the Silence=Death Project, talks about AIDS, ACT-UP, institutional silence, Holocaust imagery, street art, and the making of an iconic political image.
BIOGRAFIE Rosa von Praunheim
Born in Riga, in 1942. He studied at the University of Art and Design Offenbach am Main and at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 1967, von Praunheim directed his first short films. He made his cinema breakthrough in 1971 with the documentary Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt.
FILMOGRAFIE Rosa von Praunheim (selection)
2017 Überleben in Neukölln 2016 Welcome All Sexes: 30 Jahre Teddy Awards 2015 Härte 2013 Mario Wirz 2011 Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter 2011 Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo 2011 König des Comics 2010 New York Memories 2007 Tote Schwule – lebende Lesben 2004 Umsonst gelebt - Walter Schwarze 2004 Männer Helden und schwule Nazis 1990 Positiv 1989 Schweigen = Tod 1971 Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt
BIOGRAFIE Phil Zwickler
Filmmaker and writer about gay and lesbian issues and the AIDS crisis. Philip was known for his work on Rights and Reactions: Lesbian & Gay Rights on Trial , an award-winning documentary covering the 1986 New York City Council hearings on the gay rights bill (1988). He collaborated with David Wojnarowicz to produce Fear of Disclosure (1994), a short film about the issues gay men face dating in the context of AIDS.
Phil also worked with experimental German film maker, Rosa von Praunheim, to produce "Silence Equals Death" and "Positive," both exploring the emotions and anger of people with AIDS. The film "Positive" includes interviews with Zwickler and two other men who were HIV-positive. He produced his final project, "The Needle Nightmares" (1991), with the help of David Meieran.
Phil also worked as a news reporter, publishing stories in the Village Voice and serving as editor of the People with AIDS Coalition Newsline for a number of years. Before working in film and journalism, he taught literature in New York City public schools and community colleges.
He died from the complications of AIDS , aged 36, in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
FILMOGRAFIE Phil Zwickler (selection)
1989 Schweigen = Tod 1989 Fear of Disclosure 1987 Rights And Reactions: Lesbian & Gay Rights On Trial