Die Andere Seite Der Welt (1984)

Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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This human drama is about a reporter who slowly translates the loud voice of her conscience into a broader awareness of society and her role in it, after she films a massacre in an unnamed Latin American country. Susanne Kruger (Hildegard Kuhlenberg) goes to Latin America on assignment, and once the news crew and camera team have recorded the aftermath of a massacre of mainly women and children, they return to Germany and their TV station, each struggling separately with their own nightmarish memories of what they saw. When Susanne tries to communicate the horror to her husband, her mother, her friends, she finds that no one can begin to comprehend the enormity of those senseless deaths. Her mother asks why she should care about something that happens on the other side of the world. As Susanne goes over the footage with her camera crew, editing and rearranging the visual data, she starts to come to grips with the manipulation of images to fit into a preconceived story, with the differences, however great or small, between simple reality and the newscasters' interpreted version of reality. With this new twist in her attempts to resolve the shock of the massacre, Susanne gains some insight and begins to follow through with positive actions.

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conscience, investigation, journalism, massacre, reporter, TV-station