The films portray 28 cities of the Goethe-Institut network. In Germany, the films are shot in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich and Leipzig by graduates of the German School of Journalism.
Six seasons, 28 cities, 180 seconds – the catalogue of criteria for the short films is so concisely formulated that it leaves each film-maker and video journalist ample artistic freedom. Usually, a protagonist guides viewers through stories cast in documentary form, giving his or her city a face. The framework consists of four thematic seasons: “Space and Time” will be released in spring 2015, “With One Another – Against One Another” in summer, “Sharing and Exchanging” in autumn, and in winter, under the title of “Tomorrow”, the film-makers will venture a look into the future of their cities.
From Berlin to Bogota, and back over Tokyo and Kolkata! In 180 seconds a picture of the city emerges, showing what unites us and what makes us different. What moves city-dwellers and how do they move? How do they interact and when do they clash? How do they allot their time and how do they exchange their possessions? How do they envision the future?
Young international journalists and filmmakers compile reports and impressions, which they then compose into a kaleidoscope of inter-cultural comparison, a global and urban snapshot that gives “their” city a face.
“180 Seconds City” is a joint production of the Goethe-Institut and the German School of Journalism.