Where Gods Once Dwelled – IN PRODUCTION

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“It is impossible to understand the human race without knowing its myths, because they are based on truths- albeit differently expressed but nonetheless profound truths.”
Richard Cavendish

All over the globe, we can find testimony and clues of culture-bringing deities, to whom wisdom, justice, but also inventions and discoveries have been attributed.
What happened to their Legacy?

El Mano dell Disierto: Created by a Chilean Artist, this hand reaches high up into the blue sky of the Atacama, the driest, most extreme desert on our planet – a region where indigenous people, having embraced Christianity centuries ago, still worship “La Pacha Mama”, Mother Earth.

But the Atacama is also a region where paganism meets high-tech. Like at Cerro Paranal, where the most powerful telescopes on Earth are revolutionizing our perception of the Universe.

The sight of the Milky Way, almost always visible during clear desert nights must have equally impressed the forefathers of these natives as it does modern-day man. But now, answers as to where we come from and where we might be heading are within reach.

It is here, where our cinematic voyage will begin – a voyage around the globe, from which we not only want to carry home magnificent three-dimensional images, but also attempt to demonstrate the aliveness and depth of the human faith, no matter of what origin. Because all that separates us also links us together.

At Tical, deep in the jungles of Guatemala, we will explore the cultural sites and heritage of the Mayans.

Petra in Jordan, fabled “rose-red city half as old as time”, originally founded by a Semitic tribe and entirely carved out of the rocks, has been steeped in legend ever since…

… the monolithic rock churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, where in the 12th Century a “New Jerusalem” has emerged.

… in the labyrinth of the ancient Souks of Fez in Morocco, leather is still being tanned in an archaic fashion. Small Mosks and Koranic Schools call the faithful to prayer.

… to the sprawling temple complexes and ancient cities of Nepal‘s Kathmandu Valley: Swayambhunath, Bodnath, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pashupathinath.

… pulsating Istanbul in Turkey, once founded as Byzantium. Its palaces and mosks still dominate one of the largest cities in the world, bridge between Christianity and Islam, Europe and Asia.

…finally, in Jerusalem, crossroad of the three great world religions, our voyage will come to an end. 

Captivating, high-resolution HFR 3D images, some of them shot with cameras mounted on remote-controlled special mini-helicopters, will convey impressions that could never have been achieved with conventional cinematographic techniques. This will open up new perspectives that even the human eye has seldom or never registered.
Tranquil, flowing, often meditative images, subdued narration and the rousing score by a major composer promise an unforgettable motion picture experience.

©: 2012 by CineMonde & Jochen Breitenstein
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The former GDR was fascinated from the beginning by the developments in Cuba, this “socialist lighthouse of the Caribbean”. No wonder, then, that the comrades maintained close contacts with Havana. In the context of the “ideological unity” in the 1980s up to the fall of the Wall, at least 30,000 Cubans, often with their families, came to the GDR as contract workers ...
A Love Story

Right from the beginning, the leadership of former Communist East Germany watched the developments in Cuba, “That Socialistic Beacon in the Caribbean” with total fascination. No wonder, then, that the comrades maintained close ties with Havana. In conjunction with the “Ideological Solidarity” back in the 1980’s and, continuing all the way until the fall of the Berlin Wall, at least 30,000 Cubans, at times with their families, came to East Germany as foreign contract workers.
Havanna / East Berlin 1986: This is the story of 16-year-old Helena Cassera, whose mother was hired as scientist at an East Berlin university. Dead set against leaving Havanna at first, Helena integrates quickly. She speaks German quite well and lives the “socialist dream” to its fullest. Proudly, she wears the blue uniform of her school’s swimming team. The mulatto girl is exceptionally pretty, but her silky brown skin and long, curly tresses often trigger discrimination on the part of the other girls in school. Things are, of course, different with the boys. They are enraptured by her soft accent and her extravagant Cuban style. But her heart has been won over – much to her mother’s annoyance - by 18-year old Eduard “Eddy” Brink in his cool blue jeans. Eddies self-confidence is as solid as is his striving for justice, having never given up his dream of someday escaping the oppressive squalor of the Socialist Regime - incomprehensible to Helena and often leading to heated arguments.

Three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall:

The film takes us on a journey from the sun- drenched beaches of the Caribbean island to the grey drabness of East Berlin at a time that seemed downright unbearable, but also had a certain romantic quality all its own. We take in the freaky and thus much scorned music scene of the late eighties, a punk movement which officially does not exist, a pirate radio station which stereotypical men with headphones in unmarked delivery trucks are trying to track down, an enthusiastic escape helper from the west with sure-fire plans, a Stasi officer on a personal vendetta against Eddy and his subversive friends. And always Helena with the big heart and her untamable lust for life, whose existence here is so much better than it had been in do-without Havana. She is still captivated by her dreams of a rosy future until the day her beloved Eddy reveals that he has the Stasi on his back. He will have to flee the country immediately, lest he ends up in jail. Helena’s reaction is as spontaneous as it is imprudent: Yes, she will go wherever he goes. No matter what the consequences!

The escape helper’s plan seems fail-safe. Eddy and Helena will cross the border to West Germany with forged papers in the man’s car. But the plan is foiled at the very last minute. In a crazy, knee-jerk reaction, Eddy tries to crash the car through the checkpoint barriers. The drama ends when a single shot is fired by an over-zealous border guard, barely older than Eddy. Yet the bullet meant for him hits Helena. Eddy gets dragged from the car, beaten savagely and then taken directly to the notorious Stasi Jail at Hohenschönhausen while an ambulance transports Helena to the nearest hospital.
Of course, the misdeeds of her daughter have their consequences. Mrs. Cassera loses her position at the university and, upon Helena’s recovery, is deported back to Cuba.

Two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall:

Cuba 1991. An aged taxi moves along a beachfront road. The anonymous passenger looks out at the turquoise sea. Huge murals of Ché Guevara and Fidel Castro move by barely noticed. He concentrates on the map on his lap then shows the driver a worn, blue air mail envelope. The taxi turns into the narrow streets of “Habana Vieja”, the old part of the city, finally stops in front of a dilapidated turn-of-the-century palazzo.

It’s Eddy who gets out. He has aged and the years in jail have left their marks. He shoulders his knapsack, compares the address on the air mail envelope with the sign on the crumbling façade of the building: No. 15, calle Simon Bolivar! He pushes open the heavy entrance gate and is met by an onslaught of children at play, noisy neighbors and laundry hung out to dry. An elderly mulatto women puffing on a huge cigar, stops him. He shows the envelope which she inspects as is if it were a passport. He must have passed muster, because the woman points to a staircase in the back of the building. Eddy thanks her, takes a deep breath and begins to climb the steps...
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