A presumably African village, inhabited by Germans. The film Burkina Brandenburg Komplex describes a geographical construction that makes use of ‘our’ medial and collective image of Africa and puts it to the test through inaccuracies. An archaeological find is made in a mine: a Ferrari. We tag along with Joachim on his everyday rounds. He has his heart set on realising a common energy project. The Museum of Prussian Cultural Heritage is run by a black woman. She presents artefacts from Western consumer culture with a special emphasis on German products. Joachim is involved in the ritualistic production of energy in the village, but gets excluded when the ceremony is nearing its finale, finally catapulting himself out of the ‘story/history’.

Director's Biography

Ulu Braun (1976, Germany) works and lives in Berlin. Between 1996 - 2005 he studied painting and film at universities in Vienna, Helsinki and Potsdam. He has been using the medium of video to explore the field between the visual arts and cinema since 1997. He is one of the key figures who have transferred painting into video art and have played a significant role in defining and further developing the genre of video collage. His works are regularly exhibited in art institutions and shown at international film festivals.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ulu Braun

Written by: Ulu Braun

Cinematography: Ulu Braun

Editing: Ulu Braun

Production Design: Ulu Braun, Jan Berendes-Pätz

Costume Design: Niina Lehtonen-Braun

Original Score: Max Knoth

Sound Design: Valentin Lorenz

Animation: Ulu Braun

Cast: Joachim Stargard, Evyone Muhuri

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2018