How does one approach a person journalistically who can demonstrate a high level of qualification in his professional career, who as a humanities scholar has chosen a politically explosive research topic, and who then suddenly finds himself exposed to attacks on his reputation and career from old and new media and from certain milieus? Is it possible to meet such a person with an open mind? It takes time, a lot of time. Time to overcome prejudices, to erase in one's memory what one has read, seen and heard about this person and that person. The best thing to do is to try to talk to this person. One visits him. You ask questions. Without bias. And you await the answers with excitement and curiosity. You listen. You observe him. Then you need time again to understand. Time to reflect critically. The best way to approach a person who has experience in public speaking in lecture halls, on stages or in front of cameras and microphones is not to invite him into this artificial habitat of spotlights and studio air for a conversation. You can get him out of this unnatural, shone-on state. And then it takes time again. Together with the wonderful film producer Rainer Spix, I approached a man who is a hero for many, but who is called a seducer and conspirator by others. These days, a new, sophisticated journalistic format is thus being created, which moves Rainer and me a great deal, because it attempts to conduct journalistic and cinematic interviews at a high level, both visually and in terms of content. To set a benchmark. We want to set a counterpoint to the dramatically short-winded and intellectually short-chained journalism. Free from fear of contact. Free of time constraints, mostly dictated by broadcasting slots, and free of influence by financiers such as broadcasters or covert sponsors, we dare to attempt to produce a film that is intended to give journalism an impetus for revitalization. "15 hours of footage, four cameras, specially composed music and a shoot abroad. A ten-man production team for a conversation between two people, an interview. That's highly innovative and also a bit insane," Rainer Spix says of the project. "Produced in-house and independently, without outside funding."
Communication Scientist Prof. Dr. Michael Meyen: "It sets new standards because it combines interview, portrait and reportage with the means provided by the medium of film. Am quite enthusiastic." The movie has English subtitles.