What ideas do migrants have of Vienna and Austria, what information and “values” are addressed in integration courses, which are left out? Thomas Fürhapter documents courses in which both legal and private matters are discussed. A complex document of diversity emerges between cultural mediation and discussion group, together with the manifold moments of irritation and challenges that go with it. A picture of the Viennese emerges that is made very clear by the lecturers in the courses: they are a rather distant type of person who would avoid expressing their opinion directly and with whom it is difficult to establish contact. It quickly becomes clear that there can hardly be any autochthonous Viennese in a city whose population consists of almost fifty percent of people with a migrant background.
Thomas Fürhapter, born in Vienna in 1971. Psychology studies at the University of Salzburg and philosophy studies at the University of Vienna. He’s been an author and director for 15 years. He is known for Michael Berger: A Hysteria (2010), The Third Option (2017) and Das Gelb ohne Zebra (2005).
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Best Cinematography, Diagonale, Austria 2022
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch, Munich International Documentary Festival 2022
Director: Thomas Fürhapter
Language: German, English
Production: Mischief Films – Verein zur Förderung des Dokumentarfilms & Co KG
PROGRAMME: BORDER FREE ZONE