18 Minuten Zivilcourage

Root Event

5. Werkleitz Biennale 2002 Zugewinngemeinschaft
18 Minuten Zivilcourage
DE 1991

This film documents an incident that occurred in a supermarket in Thuringia. In August 1987 the Iranian refugee, Kiomars Javadi, was strangled to death by supermarket employees for 18 long minutes in front of the eyes of onlookers. During the course of 18 minutes, the film uses eye-witness reports, reactions of the population and an account of the living conditions in refugee camps, to reconstructs not only the incident itself, but also a social climate which Erich Fried describes in one of his last poems dedicated to Kiomars: “If this dead person had been a German…”

Rahim Shirmahd (DE), 1991, 18 min.