Olli Waldhauer, Olli Waldhauer, Germany, Switzerland, 2019o
Five men with different backgrounds and ways of life, but with one thing in common: they are or were in structures of gangs and large families that often operate outside the law. Another Reality not only shows the outer structures of this world governed by its own rules, but also penetrates deeper into the protagonists’ lives. Whereas Ahmad tries to resist the lure of easy profits that he witnesses around him daily, Parham exchanges his life as a street gangster for that of a musician.
The use of the term “clan” in the German media tends to be associated with large Arab families, illegal dealings and young men with impressive beards and even more impressive muscles. Men like Agit, Ahmad, Parham, Kianush and Sinan, who, in Another Reality, give us insight into their (men’s) world that is as irritating as it is surprising, even amusing. They visibly devoted a lot of time and trust to the filmmakers Noël Dernesch and Oliver Wildhauer. In return, the directors give their protagonists plenty of room for their self-portrayal rendered in cool and temperate images. […]
Neither preachy nor naively admiring, the Swiss and German filmmakers Demesch and Wildhauer leave it up to the audience to decide whether it wants to react to the confessions of the protagonists with concern or sympathy. Either way: Agit and the others are characters that you won't forget in a hurry.Julia Marx