Best German Documentary 3SatPrize 2003
In collaboration with “Men against Men-Violence®”, Calle Overweg gets to the bottom of domestic violence against women.
In a laboratory situation with real violence counselors and (real) actors, Calle Overweg shows perpetrators of domestic violence trying to break out of the spiral of violence.
The cases shown in this film are fictitious after long research. Domestic violence experts have also ensured that the men portrayed are real. Similarities with living persons are intended.
What is surprising about the process of the film is the authenticity with which the actors arrive at this topic through improvisation. Your own relationship experience seems to be enough to slip into the role of the violent offender. Domestic violent criminals correspond to “normal men” in real life.
With his documentary staging of therapy sessions, the director Calle Overweg finds out in a fascinating way the social and psychological backgrounds of male attacks.
Arnold Dammann – Friedrich Mohnheim
Hermann Killmeyer – Walter Pressinger
Michael Baral – Markus Schmidt
Frank Meyer-Brockmann – Andy Wessinghage
Burkhard Oelemann and Joachim Lempert from “Männer gegen Männergewalt”
concept, director, cut – Calle Overweg
concept-cooperation – Reinhild Blaschke
expert advice – Burkhard Oelemann
producer – Ulrike Zimmerman
camera – Vladimir Maijdancic
sound – Marc von Stürler
equipment – Bernard Homann
Assistant director – Alexander Bolz
Production assistant – Maite Wokoeck
Production press – Kai Reichel
Legal advice – Zimmermann, Scholz & Partner
Cutting advice – Bettina Böhler
Editing – Nathalie Barrey
Music – Stefan Lienenkämper
mixing – Sascha Heiny