Abandoned, neglected and forgotten. A couple of years ago, Halle-Freiimfelde was Germanyâ€™s most vacant city district. Meanwhile it has become an experimental ground for new approaches to urban development.
In 2012, a creative project dedicated to (re)designing Freiimfelde turned it into an urban screen by using graffiti and street art. The activities of local and international artists increased public awareness of the neighbourhood. Four years later, the stage for long-term development seems to be set and a local waste land shall be turned into a park by committed residents.
The documentary COLORS OF CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT gives voice to involved actors and asks for possibilities and limitations of citizen engagement in the face of current debates about interim usage, renovation and gentrification of inner-city housing and living spaces.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Born 1988 in Berlin. Graduated in Social Sciences (B.A.) and currently completes his M.A. in Visual Anthropology at University of GÃ¶ttingen. For many years he has organized short film screenings and has produced own short films. COLORS OF CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT is his first feature length documentary.Gerrit Pawliczak
Born 1991 in SchwÃ¤bisch Hall. Graduated in Film Studies and Ethnology (B.A.) at University of Mainz, currently completing his M.A. in Visual Anthropology at University of GÃ¶ttingen. Participated in the film festival FILMZ in Mainz and in several short film projects. COLORS OF CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT is his first feature length documentary.