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.

Periphery: 180 Seconds in Tokyo

Tokyo: In the Suburbs Masanori Kondo commutes every day between Chiba und Tokyo. The most important thing for him is time with his family, because his own father rarely came home early. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in Sydney

Sydney: Nature Park in the City Outskirts The Royal National Park is just an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Jonnie Swift guides tourists through the breath-taking nature in the park. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in São Paulo

São Paulo: Living on an Island Fátima lives with her family on the island of Bororé in the southernmost part of São Paulo. At the weekend they sell snacks and drinks to day-trippers who take the ferry to the island. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project [...]

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in Rome

Rome: The Search for Truth Vanished from one moment to the next: Rosella’s husband Mario was picked up by the police on 30 April 1987 at 6:20 in the morning and never returned. Rosella looks for answers.  Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec [...]

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in Prague

Prague: Young Roma Rap Where formerly Czech nobles brewed their beer, today live many young Roma. In Prague’s Nusle district they spend their time making rap music. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in Beijing

Beijing: Living in the Periphery Life is cheaper here: every morning tens of thousands of people drive from the bedroom community of Yanjiao to their working places in the centre of Beijing. It is only in the evening that they return to the settlement to sleep. Click on the image to start the video: [...]

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in Munich

Munich: Periphery and Poetry The Munich poet Ayna Steigerwald knows her way around the periphery. The north of Munich, where the Panzerwiese is surrounded by long lines of cars, shopping centres and high-rise buildings, is her home. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec [...]

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