The Cologne Cathedral is known for its skaters, who were here earlier! – at least from Matwej’s point of view. The skater takes us with him to the Cologne Cathedral square. Once the favourite spot of all skaters, a few years ago the city made it unusable for them. We meet Matwej under the Zoo Bridge, where the Aggressive Inline Skater and his friends have withdrawn to, and where he shows us the latest rails and curbs.
At the age of ten Dayan Kodua came with her parents from Ghana to Germany. She grew up in Kiel. Now she’s working as an actor and has just published her own book in which she presents successful black Germans.
In Hamburg live about 1,200 homeless people. For many it is difficult to reintegrate themselves into society. But in the centre of Hamburg there is a place of solidarity: the editorial office of “Hinz&Kunzt”, one of the first German street newspapers. Over 4,000 homeless people sell the newspaper in the streets and the Underground. One of them is Klaus. In “180 Seconds Hamburg” the Austrian-born Klaus explains why “Hinz&Kunzt” means much more to him than printed paper.
With its winding alleys and multi-lane roads, Brussels offers little room for bicycles. How to get to where you are going? The film director Marie Pynthe ventures a self-experiment: with a camera fastened to the handlebars of her bike, she pedals from the Royal Palace into the European Quarter. She gets caught in the crossfire of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, encounters unexpected obstacles and discovers almost paradisiacal bike havens.
Georg Ismael is 23, and he is a Trotskyite. He has been politically committed since the age of 13. He takes us with him to Berlin. We go right into the thick of the demonstration on 1 May, International Workers’ Day, through the Brandenburg Gate and onwards into Kreuzberg. What bothers him about capitalism, what he thinks about broken window panes, and why it is worth continuing to fight for his ideals, Georg tells us in “180 Seconds Berlin”.
A hotel owner introduces us to his quarter: Shibuya. And he explains why he feels sorry for tall guests in his capsule hotel. “180 Seconds Tokyo” tells of feet and buildings and dreams of meadows and water.
A layer of cocoa biscuit, a layer of whipped cream and a fine icing of chocolate – the viewer of “180 Seconds Warsaw” feels his mouth watering, because a Warsaw pastry chef reveals the secret recipe for his “Wuzetka”. He tells of a contest to which Mr Blikle, the confectioner, once challenged an automatic dough roller. And he explains why anyone who wants to become acquainted with real culinary quality should eat a slice of his tartlet first.