UNERHÖRT! 2016: 21. - 24. September
10 YEARS OF ATTITUDE –
10 YEARS OF STANCES

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A word from the curator
For its 10th birthday UNERHÖRT! seems to be, again, quite a viable seismograph. What strikes most in this year's program are the intense efforts to make a point and to express composure. Maybe the impression of intensification has to do with the overall circumstances, as composure (or attitude) is something we can witness all the time when people are trying to communicate what they do, when they look for publicity and dialogue. Nonetheless, in this strange year of extra-famous artists deaths and an ever higher rotating cult of fear, those efforts just seem more serious and urgent again.

Let's call the Lucía Palacios' und Dietmar Post's film DEUTSCHE POP ZUSTÄNDE – EINE GESCHICHTE RECHTER MUSIK (engl.: GERMAN POP CONDITIONS) a particularily symptomatic example of questioning the conditions we live in (here). The directorial duo has since long proven that it knows how to provide well researched and intelligently built examinations about Popular Culture with German ingredients, for instance in their films about THE MONKS, a 60s band formed of US soldiers stationed in West-Germany; or their portrayal of Donna Summer and her heavy involvment in Euro-Disco Made in Munich. Their new work conveys explicitly the appropriation of popular culture as we know it by very right-wing ideologies in the German context.

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Director Oliver Schwabe, too, is concerned by not letting retrospection become cozy nostalgia. A familiar guest of UNERHÖRT!'s programs, Schwabe is known for his thorough work with TV archives and his ambition to always build bridges between past and present. In his films, people interrogate history (pop history, that is) with the clear intention of filtering out of the past what can be useful today. This is true again for his KEINE ATEMPAUSE (engl.: No breathing pause, referring to the title of a German Punk classic from the Band FEHLFARBEN), his freshly made portrayal of the Punk scene of the West-German city of Düsseldorf, very influential in the end of 70s/beginning of the 80s. This is, so to speak, Part 3 of Schwabe's German Punk trilogy, after previous films about the Hamburg and the Berlin scene. Actually, there are plans to make a bigger film on whole Punk Germany, and Schwabe is going to speak about that. The project's working title is GOTTSEIDANK NICHT IN ENGLAND (engl.: Thanxgod not in England), not to be misunderstood as another Brexit joke, but realting to yet another FEHLFARBEN song.

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DAF at Düsseldorf Airport 1981 © Gleim

FAST WELT WEIT (english title - which is not quite a literal translation: THE WORLD, ALMOST) by Caroline Kirberg is the home match of this year's UNERHÖRT! program, insofar as it deals with a group of young pop enthusiasts from early 80s Eastern Westphalia province longing for metropolitan Hamburg. 30 years later, in and for the film, they reassemble around a campfire on a farm in their rural hometown, and reflect on their paths of glory, as a few really have made it in the German context (Frank Spilker with his band DIE STERNE, Bernd Begemann, Bernadette La Hengst, Michael Girke, and more). At times, they reach philosophical heights, and that had actually always been their specialty: go get from the banal to the essence and back in the blink of an eye. The situation provides a statement which is cristal-clear as it was a motto for UNERHÖRT!: "Music could be so beautiful. But it doesn't have to."
FAST WELT WEIT is a short about the independant label "Fast Weltweit". It is part of a double bill titled "Two record labels from Germany", together with FREIHEIT FREIHEIT WIRKLICHKEIT (engl.: LIBERTY LIBERTY REALITY), a one year observational doc about the contempary label "Analogsoul", based in East-German Leipzig. This second short calls itself "a film about a living with music", and the audience is invited to make the test: Do musicians across the nation and through generations ask themselves similar questions?

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FAST WELT WEIT © Archiv Achim Knorr

But of course, UNERHÖRT! does not restrict its view to local events, it never has:

In INSIDE THE MIND OF FAVELA FUNK, two young female directors from the Netherlands present to us the harsh realities of one very poor neighborhood from Rio de Janeiro. They do it by focussing on the today most popular brazilian sound called Favela Funk. But they do look at the listeners, dancers and fans – and get a psychological x-ray of Brazil's society from below.

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The opening film this year is going to be MALI BLUES. It showcases four very different musical styles coming from West African Mali – electrified traditional Ngoni play, Tuareq Blues, Afro Pop and Rap –, hence very diverse artist personalities, and diverging backgrounds of experience. What all of the protagonists have in common is their urging need to fight for tolerant Islam and reconciliation in their war torn country. As implemented last year, we are going to be the guests in Metropolis theatre, invited by our friends from dokART. We are happy to show this outstanding film a week before its nationwide theatrical release, and very curious about meeting the ambassador of Mali who might bring in some guests for the occasion …

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MALI BLUES © Konrad Waldmann

In contrast, Farid Eslam's film YALLAH! UNDERGROUND about musical subcultures in the Middle East before, during and after the so called Arab Spring, has been in the treadmill of international film festivals for more than a year now – an still isn't distributed properly in Germany. The hyper-active Eslam, raised in Germany, now living in Czechia, guides us through five neighboring nations, all epicenters of world geopolitics, and makes us meet young people who combine sounds of their respective home countries with Western styles, out of an urge for self-expression.

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Talking about combining: When, as in JUNUN, a band member and a sound engineer of RADIOHEAD, a variety of musicians from Rajasthan and an Israeli composer who happens to be a specialist for indian-muslim spiritual music get together in an Indian fortress which is half a millenium old, than you can expect to make a highly energetic and synesthetic experience. But more than that: You will see, hear and feel what it could be like reach out one another. The extraordinary encounter of Shye Ben Tzur, the Rajasthan Express and Jonny Greenwood of RADIOHEAD and their sound engineer Nigel Godrich has been filmed by no one other than Paul Thomas Anderson who has become an American Arthouse icon with films like BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA, and more recently INHERENT VICE.

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JUNUN Filmposter © Shin KATAN

Than, we have another double bill labeled "Jamaican Music and homophobia", with two films presented by Vice/Noisey. First, we will get confronted, in YOUNG & GAY: JAMAICA’S GULLY QUEENS, to the very tough conditions of life vor jamaican gay and lesbian people. This is followed by the film OUT AND BAD: LONDON’S LGBT DANCEHALL SCENE, showing one option to react to persecution and oppression: exile, and its promises and backfalls. After the screenings, a discussion will be held between members of both local scenes, the Hamburg Reggae/Dancehall and the Hamburg LGBT community. Free admission for the whole double bill.

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OUT AND BAD © Vice/Noisey

Vice Magazine hits where it hurts, we know that since the film HEAVY METAL IN BAGDHAD. But sometimes you have to look to the inside, actually that's where most of the pain is coming from (from an American perspective). The third film presented by Vice/Noisy THE REDEMPTION OF THE DEVIL reflects on that by giving us a portrayal of Rock star stage hog Jesse "The Devil" Hughes, singer and guitar player of the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL. We get closer than we wished to a torn personality, including heavy flirtations of the protagonist with archconservative politics. The attacks of the Bataclan in Paris are never mentioned in this documentary, but it is hard not to feel them while watching Mr Hughes exposing himself to the max.

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On the margins of this film of psychological abysses appears Hughes' buddy Josh Homme, leading member of bands such as QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and KYUSS. In LO SOUND DESERT, an acurate, almost history book-like account of the Stoner Rock scene, Homme is a key figure, and certainly its biggest Rock VIP. LO SOUND DESERT reveals tons of context information on the backdrop of the American Way of Life meeting the Californian Desert.

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The really big fame is the issue in BLUR: NEW WORLD TOWERS – FROM HONG KONG TO HYDE PARK AND BACK. Inbetween gorgeous images of two gigantic concerts, we witness a long journey, in time, in space, and metaphorically, so that we can get really close to the lives of these musicians – who partly did the filming themselves.

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We are happy to announce that UNERHÖRT!'s tenth birthday is coming with two new venues, the eastHotel cinema, and the cinema lounge at the Golem's. Here, UNERHÖRT! is having a focus on more experimental stuff. Alongside the above mentioned KEINE ATEMPAUSE three films are going to be screened there which can easily labeled as "Applied Sound Research":

In HOT SUGAR’S COLD WORLD we meet manic sound archivist Nick Koenig aka Hot Sugar who tends to make quite strange field recordings using objects as diverse as soda powder and real skulls …

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VOICE – SCULPTING THE SOUND WITH MAJA S. K. RATKJE follows Norvegian composer, electronic musician and vocalist Maja Ratkje for one year travelling through Europe and living a life with music.

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© Kai Miedendorp

With MELODY OF NOISE we travel to Switzerland and meet a whole bunch of manipulators of noise who make our image of Swiss uprightness evaporate in no time. And what's that thing with noise, anyway? As Bruno Spoerri puts it, one of the film's protagonists, and internationally acclaimed Jazz musician experimenting with computers: "The difference between music and noise is, if you want to listen to it or not." Just another potential UNERHÖRT! claim …

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Julian Sartorius in MELODY OF NOISE

Two more neighbors of Germany, two very distinct topics:
In GIRL POWER Czech Graffiti artist Sany introduces us to the international scene of female graffiti writers, a self-portrait in the global context, so to speak. Sany is, by the way, one of eight female directors in the UNERHÖRT! program. That's not bad, but still far from level compared to her 21 male colleagues.

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In ROBERT & THE NEVER ENDING TOUR we have acces to the obsessive behaviours of a young Bob Dylan-fan, depicted very dryly, in an Austrian way, which means that it is funny and bizarre in the same time.

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ROBERT Filmposter © Gerald Zahn

Last but not least:
IN THE AUDIO-VISUAL MAZE – A GUIDED TOUR FOR MOVIE CONNOISSEURS by Berlin-based Israeli Video artist and VJ pioneer Assaf Etiel aka VJ Safy Sniper, gives us a rollercoaster ride through a flood of images and sounds. Sniper choses film scenes from all areas of Film History, and recomposes them in a way which gives music the leading role in an exciting show, a life performance, improvided and raw and intense, an open-ended process.

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Collage © VJ Safy Sniper
UNERHÖRT! 2016
Program ready!
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10th edition of UNERHÖRT!
17 events
with 18 films
with
Abstract Electronics, AfroPop, al-guitara, Britpop, Computerjazz, Dancehall, Elektropop, Experimental Rock, Favela Funk, Folk, Garage-Rock, HipHop, Improvised Music, Metal, Ngoni play, Noise, Punk from West-Germany, Qawwali, Right wing Rock, Sound-Land-Art, Stoner-Rock
+ 1 audio-visual Live-Performance
+ 1 presentation of a music documentary project
in 4 venues
and in the end there will be
1 award for the best UNERHÖRT! music film
including prize money of 500 EUR
assigned by a 3 members independant jury

This is the whole picture:
UNERHÖRT!_2016_–_Overview.pdf

For more detailed information about each film click here.

Get the party started!

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OUT AND BAD © Vice/Noisey
Jubiläum auf der Reeperbahn!
Filmeinreichungen ab sofort!
UNERHÖRT! 2016 -  zum zehnten Mal
UNERHÖRT! 2016 – the first double-digit edition!
In 2016, people born in 2007 celebrate their 9th birthday.
In 2007, UNERHÖRT! started showing films about music for the first time. This year, it celebrates its 10th edition – always one year ahead!
special action is required for the occasion, obviously!
And a few things are in preparation already, a sweet mix of new and established ideas.
We’ll keep you posted here and elsewhere when time has come for the specifics.
The most important constant:
In 2016 again, we expect your film applications!
Business as usual: UNERHÖRT! looks for films that deal with music. Format, duration, musical genre: Never mind! The main issue is that the main topic, the main character, the central subject of your film is music. Any kind of music.
Click FILM SUBMISSION for further details.
Submission deadline is 30th of June 2016.
So: Bring in your fresh films!
UNERHÖRT! 2015 – Das Programm
UNERHÖRT! 2015 eröffnet heute Abend !
PULP –
A FILM ABOUT
LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS
tonight, Wednesday 11th of November at 9.15 pm, at the METROPOLIS
Opening day of UNERHÖRT!'s ninth edition, in collaboration with dokART, the film PULP – A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS will be shown at the Metropolis movie theatre.
We are particularily happy to have with us tonight the charming CANDIDA DOYLE, who played keyboard in the band for years, and who will be available for a public Q&A after the screening.
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(Photo: http://www.shetlandarts.org)
UNERHÖRT! 2015: Programm und Zeitplan
9. UNERHÖRT!  11. - 15.11.2015
PROGRAM'S READY!
Tunnel visions
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Limelight hogs
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Group pictures
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Text inserts
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... soon more to come here!
Sponsoren & Partner gesucht ...
UNERHÖRT! 2015 ... the journey goes on!
The 9th UNERHOERT! Musicfilm festival in Hamburg, November 13 - 15, 2015.
EINREICHFRISTEN: Ab sofort - und noch bis zum 1.7.2015 - können wieder Filme eingereicht werden.

Filme über Musik erfreuen sich weiterhin steigender Aufmerksamkeit. Nicht nur im Fernsehen und auf Festivals werden Musikfilme gezeigt, sondern vermehrt auch wieder dort, wo sie eigentlich hingehören: im Kino.
Diesen Prozess hat UNERHÖRT! in den letzten Jahren aktiv mit angestoßen, und 2015 wird unsere Veranstaltung wie gewohnt wieder den Blick auf die Vielfalt der Musik richten.
Wir interessieren uns dabei weiterhin für Musik in allen Erscheinungsformen und Lebenslagen, aber auch für die unterschiedlichen Macharten nicht nur der Musik, sondern auch der Filme selbst.
Von Schlager bis Punk, von Country bis Zwölfton, vom Kurz-Spielfilm zur Musikerbiografie, vom Fanszenen-Bericht zur experimentellen Tournee-Doku - UNERHÖRT! interessiert sich für alles, was spannend ist, was etwas Besonderes einfängt oder etwas auf besondere Weise zeigt.

Unsere Filme schauen darauf, wie Musik gemacht wird und wer sie macht und auch darauf, wer sie dann wie hört.
Unsere Filme feiern Musik nicht einfach bloß ab, sie fragen auch nach Zweck und Ziel und Wirkung.
Unsere Filme zeigen Musik als Spiegel für größere Zusammenhänge, als Schlüssel zur Welt.
Oder um mit Kraftwerk zu sprechen: "Es wird immer weiter gehen, Musik als Träger von Ideen."

Der Film, der in diesem Sinn die unabhängige UNERHÖRT!-Jury am meisten überzeugt, wird auch 2015 wieder etwas gewinnen.
UNERHÖRT! 2014 Programmübersicht
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UNERHÖRT! in 2014
is going to celebrate its 8th edition in 2014.
During the second weekend of November,
from Nov. 7th to Nov. 11.,
14 films will be shown, all dealing with all kinds of musics.


This year's highlight topics are:


- Women infront and behind the camera

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- Electronic music in its many forms

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- Production country Austria

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- In memoriam Harun Farocki

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Please find more extensive informations
for each film
and for the program's timetable as a whole
by clicking on "PROGRAM".

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Images:
Hind Meddeb, Director of ELECTRO CHAABI
ELEKTRO MOSKVA
FUCK THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
SINGLE
THE PUNK SINGER (Photo: Pam Smear)
Unser Programm 2014 steht endlich!
UNERHÖRT! 2014
UNERHÖRT! goes Elbjazz!
UNERHÖRT! 2014 - Es geht weiter ...
The 8th UNERHOERT! Musicfilm festival in Hamburg, November 6/7 - 9, 2014
Filme über Musik erfreuen sich weiterhin steigender Aufmerksamkeit. Nicht nur im Fernsehen und auf Festivals werden Musikfilme gezeigt, sondern verstärkt auch dort, wo sie eigentlich hingehören: in den Kinos.
Diesen Prozess hat UNERHÖRT! in den letzten Jahren aktiv mit angestoßen, und es ist unser Anspruch, auch in diesem Jahr wieder das stark zu machen, was unsere Veranstaltung von Anfang an ausgezeichnet hat: der Blick auf Vielfalt.
Wir interessieren uns weiterhin für Musik in allen Erscheinungsformen und Lebenslagen, für unterschiedlichste Macharten nicht nur der Musik, sondern auch der Filme selbst.
Von Schlager bis Punk, von Country bis Zwölfton, vom Kurz-Spielfilm zur Musikerbiografie, vom Fanszenen-Bericht zur experimentellen Tournee-Doku - UNERHÖRT! interessiert sich für alles, was spannend ist, was etwas Besonderes einfängt oder etwas auf besondere Weise zeigt.

Unsere Filme schauen darauf, wie Musik gemacht wird und wer sie macht und auch darauf, wer sie dann wie hört.
Unsere Filme feiern Musik nicht einfach bloß ab, sie fragen auch nach Zweck und Ziel und Wirkung.
Unsere Filme zeigen Musik als Spiegel für größere Zusammenhänge, als Schlüssel zur Welt.
Oder um mit Kraftwerk zu sprechen: "Es wird immer weiter gehen, Musik als Träger von Ideen."

Der Film, der in diesem Sinn die unabhängige UNERHÖRT!-Jury am meisten überzeugt, kann auch 2014 wieder etwas gewinnen.

Wir freuen uns auch auf die nächsten Tage b-movie, dem mehrfach preisgekrönten Kiez-Kino auf St. Pauli!
Und wir uns auf das bunte, diskussionsfreudige und treue UNERHÖRT!-Publikum!

UNERHÖRT! hat sich in der Nische etabliert und wird sich 2014 programmatisch wieder etwas vergrößern. Hinzu kommt, dass wir uns beim b-movie, einem kleinen, aber sehr feinen Programmkino auf St. Pauli, das perfekt zum Genre Musikfilm passt, sehr wohlfühlen.

In diesem Jahr wird UNERHÖRT! also ...
... wieder ein kompaktes, klar profiliertes Programm haben,
... erneute programmatische Breite zeigen (neben Dokumentar- auch Spielfilme und Mischformen wie Videoclip, Konzertfilme etc.).

Auch dieses Mal versuchen wir wieder die Ausgestaltung eines „Publikumspreises“, für den Film, der über unsere social media Netze die meiste Resonanz findet. Dazu bald mehr!

EINREICHFRISTEN: Ab sofort - und noch bis zum 1.7.2014 - können wieder Filme eingereicht werden.
Resümee UNERHÖRT! 2013
Startschuss UNERHÖRT! 2013
7th round for UNERHÖRT! in 2013!
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During first weekend of May, from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th, there are again a bunch of opportunities to experience music on the big screen, in Hamburg's finest neighborhood theatre, the B-Movie.

13 films from seven countries give a wide range of musical styles and cinematic forms, typical for UNERHÖRT!

On Friday we have two moving stories, followed by two experts opinions galore films:
MISSION TO LARS, the contribution from the UK, is a travelogue of a very special kind depicting a fan's journey to meet his idol.
After that, BUEBE GÖ'Z TANZ from Switzerland follows several months the creative process of a unique crossover project between a rock band and a group of young dancers.
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE from Austria explains the road to success in music business!
The evening ends with the guerilla interviews of SAMPLE: NOT FOR SALE. In this film from the Netherlands, icons of HipHop share their points of view concerning digitally borrowed music.

The focus on Saturday is on musically multi-facetted Eastern Europe:
The Swiss production REGILAUL gives insights in today's life of an old singing tradition from Estonia.
The exception of Saturday's Eastern Europe focus comes from Germany: NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS is a portrayal of the US-american composer and John Cage antagonist Alvin Lucier.
KEIN VERTRAUEN, KEINE ANGST, UM NICHTS BITTEN (No Trust, no Fear, Never Asking for Anything) also comes from Germany and deals with the history of Russian Gangster songs, from 1960s Soviet times to today's pseudo-democracy.
A double-bill of two one-hour-films from former Yougoslavia closes the day:
IF NOBODY IS PLAYING observes the post-punk straight edgers of BERNAYS PROPAGANDA and follows them through an everyday-life in Macedonia full of absurd incidents.
HOW WE ENTERED EUROPE - THE SexA CASE tells the story of Sedativa ex Apoteca. This band from Zagreb/Croatia has been on of the most popular acts in Yougoslave post-punk underground during the 1980s, when shortly before the Balcan war started, they emigrated to Holland.

All these nine films do compete for UNERHÖRT!'s Best Music Documentary in 2013 Award.

Sunday finally is dedicated to other formats:
In the afternoon we start a new series of events: WORK IN PROGRESS will discuss publicly two roughcuts of unfinished music docs - interactive cinema with an old spanish singer from the Canary Islands, operating somewhere between Folklore and Jazz (LA PERLA DEL MAR), and an essay on a Techno DJane (MEDITATIONS ON THE DANCEFLOOR).
THE RETURN OF UNEEXPECTED SINGING IN FILMS is the sequel to last year's success, an intellectually rich and funny lecture performance built around scenes taken from many fiction films very different from each other.
The UNERHÖRT! award ceremony will be followed by the screening of two more films of Klaus Wildenhahn. In 1965 Germany's leading Direct Cinema director traveled through Europe with Jazz organ player Jimmy Smith and also visited him in the USA.

You can find more extensive informations about each film on this website by clicking the PRGRAM button!



Photo: Marley Marl (c) Ilja Meefout (SAMPLE: NOT FOR SALE, Fr, 3.5., 23:00)
UNERHÖRT! 2013 - Es geht weiter: 03. - 05. Mai 2013
Next round:
The 7th UNERHOERT! Musicfilm festival in Hamburg
May 3 - 5, 2013 in the b-movie
Es ist endlich wieder soweit: In diesem Jahr findet eine Neuausrichtung statt. Wir von UNERHÖRT! legen Wert darauf, unsere Eigenständigkeit zu bewahren, und durch die Fokussierung der Filminhalte wie auch die personellen Veränderungen können wir weiterhin interessante Filme präsentieren. UNERHÖRT! wird sich 2013 programmatisch wieder etwas breiter aufstellen. Hinzu kommt, dass wir uns beim b-movie, einem kleinen, aber sehr feinen Programmkino auf St. Pauli, das perfekt zum Genre Musikfilm passt, sehr wohlfühlen.

Musikfilme haben in den letzten Jahren eine deutliche Steigerung der Aufmerksamkeit in den Medien, auf Filmfestivals und in einigen Programmkinos erfahren - ein Prozess, den UNERHÖRT! aktiv mit angestoßen hat und den wir weiter tragen wollen.

In diesem Jahr wird UNERHÖRT! also ...
... wieder ein kompaktes, klar profiliertes Programm haben,
... erneute programmatische Breite zeigen (neben Dokumentar- auch Spielfilme und Mischformen wie Videoclip, Konzertfilme etc.).

Der Wettbewerb um den Preis "Bester Musikfilm" findet wieder statt, wieder gestiftet von AKRA, einem wichtigen Werbepartner von UNERHÖRT! und dotiert mit einem respektablen Sachpreis.

Dieses Mal versuchen wir auch wieder die Ausgestaltung eines „Publikumspreises“, für den Film, der über unsere social media Netze die meiste Resonanz findet. Dazu bald mehr!
UNERHÖRT! Bester Musikfilm 2012
UNERHÖRT! 2012
The 5th edition of UNERHÖRT! Musicfilm Festival Hamburg takes place from May 11 - 13, 2012 in the B-Movie
Since 2007 the UNERHÖRT! film festival is showing films which deal with music - any kind of music!

In 2012, from 11th to 13th of May (second weekend of the month), UNERHÖRT! will again screen an eclectic blend of movies about all sorts of musical genres: Around the world in 20 cinematic events!

If you go to this site's "program" section, you can find more detailed information concerning the UNERHÖRT! 2012 films by clicking the individual titles (the English texts being short summaries of the more extensive German versions).

The festival takes place in the independant movie theater B-MOVIE which is located in Hamburg's popular Schanzenviertel, the district where UNERHÖRT! has its roots.


UNERHÖRT! Beste Musikdoku 2011
Benda Bilili! is the UNERHÖRT! Best Music Documentary 2011
The "UNERHÖRT! Best Music Documentary 2011" is:

Benda Bilili!



The jury of experts, namely Ale Dumbsky, Ruben Jonas Schnell and Holger True, gave the following explanation for their choice:

The film Benda Bilili! from director team Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye follows the band "Staff Benda Bilili!" from Kinshasa. For more than five years they document the musicians and their fate which sounds like a collection of clichees. Homeless, disabled and in an African country which barely recovers from civil war.

We were impressed that the team managed to be at the right spot at the right time. The endurance to finish such an endeavour was finally rewarded with the big success of the band in Europe. This also gives the film a nice climax.

From a technical point of view the documentary is very well done, both with respect to camera, photography and editing. However, what really stands out is the excellent dramatic composition. The viewer is quickly pulled into the story and the lives of the main characters. The scenes in the burned down house or the many episodes from the life on the streets of Kinshasa are very impressive. Finally we were touched by the big success the band can celebrate in Europe. Barret and de La Tullaye managed to tell this unconventional story in a very authentic way.
This is why we reward the film with the prize "UNERHÖRT! Best Music Documentary 2011"



Honourably mention for Taqwacore


We would also honourably mention the film Taqwacore by director Omar Majeed. Similar to Benda Bilili! Majeed managed to pick up the camera at the right time. This is why we can take part in the genesis of Islam punk. The film captures the development of a new musical movement very well. Thereby the audience can experience Islam in a way that is very different from the experiences of everyday West-European life.