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Demminer Chants

GER 2023

Home song with harmonium. Collected and edited by Hans Jürgen Syberberg. From the restored kitchen of the former estate house in N.


Hans Jürgen Syberberg’s latest work is an exploration in words and images of Demmin, a town close to the village, where he grew up as a child.  The film refers to the history of the town where one of the largest mass suicides took place at the end of the Second World War. It documents the attempts, initiated by Syberberg himself in recent decades in the form of artistic interventions on site, to reanimate the central market square as a community space. Syberberg is not concerned with restoring old conditions, but with questions of community in a place that has lost its center.

The first screening of the film “DEMMINER GESÄNGE oder die Wiederbelebung des Marktes in Demmin“ took place in the summer of 2023 at the market itself.

Awards and Festivals

- Berlin premiere on 7.12. it Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
- Munich premiere on 17.12. at Werkstattkino


Director, Screenplay, Camera and Editing
Hans Jürgen Syberberg
Produced by
Syberberg Filmproduktion
Founded by
Die kulturwirtschaftliche Film- und Medienförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)