It’s New Year’s Eve in Berlin and the street is full of men setting off fireworks. More and more fireworks held at arm’s length. Is this a celebration or is it a riot?
It’s a strange New Year’s Eve, and only the firecrackers look like they’re having fun. The Berlin street is gradually filling up with men. It’s as though setting off fireworks is a mission they have to accomplish. Holding them at arm’s length, they conscientiously set about their task. There’s no joy on their faces, but perhaps it’s hidden elsewhere, in the act of taking possession of the street, of reclaiming ownership of it together, just by saying, once a year, “we’re here!” The explosions are increasingly violent. The film shows the moment when a public celebration becomes a threat for the powers that be, the moment when those in power send in the troops, who control, who patrol, who, above all, make their presence felt… who are also saying “we’re here!” It can be a fine line between celebration and riot. Should we leave the power to define this line to the “forces of law and order”?
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