A rock documentary about the China tour of the Brenz Band, where musicians with and without handicap play together. With Sebastian Weimann I have accompanied them on their China tour. Starting with the first meal with chopsticks until the concert on the Great Wall of China. The Brenz Band sees itself as ambassador of more tolerance and interhuman relations. They received the title UNESCO Artist for Peace.
In the night we filmed the crooked streets of the traditional Peking where we were welcomed with open arms. We met a lot of Chinese who master it really well to live in conditions of extreme poverty. That proofs how little it needs in order to be happy. From the start I was personally really impressed of the project.
In this movie I mixed cinematic image elements with a classic documentary style. To be mobile and spontaneous we used light camera equipment. The DSLR Canon 5D is photosensitive and enable the use of light-strong camera lens due to its big chip. Because of this I could also film the band by night without strongly image noise. At this privately finance project I also worked as a producer. It has been clear from the outside that we want to be close part; we do not want to have a commentator. We wanted a film that is shot through the eyes of the Brenz Band musicians. We showed Peking in a calm and traditional way. In contrast we perceived Shanghai as seldom quiet, because it was loud and hectic. I tried to portray people in different situations, once we had to interrupt an interview, because we have been embraced spontaneously. With my pictures I wanted to combine emotions and stop the time for just one moment.
“A gripping movie about a china journey. It was a trip in a foreign world and a musical adventure that pushed boundaries. The high-definition cinema quality convinces. “ Ludwigsburger Zeitung
“Suddenly, being different is not a point anymore, it’s about the unique message of music and the veracity if emotions. It is seen in the faces of the musicians and the audience as well.” Youngdok
“Touching and entertaining. In this movie, they don’t tell a soapy story of disabled people on a big journey but deeply touching scenes and funny ones as well.” Stuttgarter Zeitung