Florian Kläger and Lisa Sperling


Film screening and discussion with the filmmakers Florian Kläger and Lisa Sperling

“Did you go to the demo on Monday?”
The citizens of Stuttgart are on the ball, inquisitive, open, and creative – because they are busy making their voices heard.
The old and the young, managers and artists, housewives and businesspeople – they are all coming together on the streets in order to make use of their civil rights; they all want to have a say when it comes to politics, and nobody is prepared to be made a fool of.
The protagonists of this grass roots initiative against the controversial Stuttgart 21 transport project describe the goings-on and their reasons for protesting with the same emotion, intuition and partiality that informs the movement itself. These are people you wouldn’t normally expect to find taking part in a demonstration, and yet they are the very ones who make this protest story worth telling.

This is because it’s not just about a new railway station; it’s about the personalities of the demonstrators. This documentary describes what happened in Stuttgart, where a movement was born that was completely new for this Swabian city and has since become one of the largest citizen-led actions in Germany in a very long time. Change is in the air, there is a new consciousness about, one that goes beyond the Stuttgart 21 project and is now challenging a whole swathe of other social structures in the country. The citizens are busy redefining their positions. A new heart is beating.

Production notes

Germany 2011, 75 min, HDCAM

Directors: Lisa Sperling, Florian Kläger;

Camera: Florian Kläger, Lisa Sperling, Jan Dietz