Montags in Dresden

Merkel Must Go

There have been weekly demonstrations in Dresden since October 2014. Calling themselves "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident", Pegida in short, numerous people have banded together to carry their protest against the government into the street. "Who protests here and what are their reasons?" To find answers, director Sabine Michel followed three Pegida supporters. With its open-minded interest in the life and mindsets of its protagonists, the film gets very close to phenomena which often seem containable only by hackneyed phrases: angry citizens, fake media, the left-behinds, the elites. (Lukas Stern, Dok Leipzig)

Director's Biography
Sabine Michel
Born 1971 in Dresden, she first worked as a camera assistant. She studied film at the FEMIS in Paris and later at the “Konrad Wolf” school for Film and TV in Potsdam/Babelsberg. In 2005 she directed the feature “Nimm dir dein Leben”, working with renowned DP Jürgen Jürges. In 2013 she directed the documentary “Zonenmädchen”, in which she processed her own experiences after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Film Selection: Montags in Dresden (Merkel Must Go, 2017, doc) — Zonenmädchen (2013, doc) — Mein Leben – Der Gentlemanboxer Henry Maske (2011, TV doc) — Take a Picture – Die Fotografin Sibylle Bergemann (2011, TV doc, Adolf - Grimmepreis) — Mädchengeschichten – Liebe Pauline (2010, TV doc) — Mädchengeschichten – Bom Dia, Jana (2008, TV doc) — Nimm Dir Dein Leben (2005) — Hinten scheißt die Ente (2001)
Competition Documentary 2018
Sabine Michel
Germany 2017
83 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Sabine Michel
Cinematography Martin Langner
Editing Vinzent Kutsche
Sound/Sounddesign Johannes Schneeweiß
Producer(s) Susann Schimk
solo:film GmbH, MDR, RBB
International Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
DOK Leipzig 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere