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 Manila

Manila: Spirits in the Forest For about a hundred years the family of Manuel Salazar has lived in the countryside south of Manila. Manuel and his son Nikolo talk about country life and the belief in spirits and enchanted beings in the forest.  Click on the image to start the video: More about [...]

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in Madrid

Madrid: Living on the Shepherd’s Trail Once a shepherd’s trail traversing all of Spain, the Cañada Real near Madrid is now a 16 kilometres long informal settlement. The nine-year-old Fátima shows where she lives and where she plays and goes to school with her friends. Click on the image to start the video: [...]

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Periphery: 180 Seconds in Lille

Lille: As a Couple through Life Coralie and Mourad belong together: they found one another in Lille, in the district of Fives. They want to go their way together, because love and trust are for them the most important things in life. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec [...]

By | 2017-03-21T23:16:29+00:00 November 28th, 2016|#180sec|Comments Off on Periphery: 180 Seconds in Lille

Periphery: 180 Seconds in Kolkata

Kolkata: Celebrating at the River The inhabitants of Calcutta celebrate gaily and merrily at the river Hugli. The ceremony takes place in honour of the Hindu goddess Durga and is the most important festival of the year in the city. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec [...]

By | 2017-03-21T23:16:29+00:00 November 25th, 2016|#180sec|Comments Off on Periphery: 180 Seconds in Kolkata

Periphery: 180 Seconds in Darmstadt

Darmstadt: To the Edge of Human Existence For two missions the astronaut Thomas Reiter was almost a whole year in outer space. At the Darmstadt Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) he tells of his experiences there. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec [...]

By | 2017-03-21T23:16:29+00:00 November 24th, 2016|#180sec|Comments Off on Periphery: 180 Seconds in Darmstadt

Periphery: 180 Seconds in Brussels

Brussels: No Man's Land in the East Belgium’s Wild West lies in the east. Neutral-Moresnet was once a smugglers’ nest boasting its own flag and anthem, and it almost became the first Esperanto-speaking city in the world. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec [...]

By | 2017-03-21T23:16:29+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|#180sec|Comments Off on Periphery: 180 Seconds in Brussels

Periphery: 180 Seconds in Barcelona

Barcelona: Young Winemakers Wine from Barcelona? Produced only at the Finca Can Calopa. And with the help of twelve young people who come from difficult circumstances and are training to be winemakers. Click on the image to start the video: More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

By | 2017-03-21T23:16:29+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|#180sec|Comments Off on Periphery: 180 Seconds in Barcelona