Europe Makes an Impact

The bulk of programme submissions at this year’s Input emanate from numerous European and ‘Eastern Bloc’ countries that include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The multi-cultural European context has given rise to programmes that offer unique perspectives on wide-ranging cultural stories – from Islamic Khartoums in Denmark to narratives with strong African references.

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A scene from the Swiss documentary The Black Man in Seelisberg (Der schwarze Mann in Seelisberg) where Chidi is seen distributing Holy Water by the bucket. Chidi is a young Nigerian priest who moves to the small mountain town of Seelisberg – not without cultural clashes emerging. Scheduled for screening at Input 2008 on 7 May.

Some of the most innovative multi-platform formats for public service television are employed – from the detective genre to an astonishing chromakey device that allows a host to conduct “interviews” with historical persons in the correct time-frame.

Input 2008 expects that this year’s selection of programmes from Europe will spark intense discussion on the intersections of innovation, story and the television medium in the contemporary world.

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A scene from Wholetrain, one of six German submissions to Input 2008. The film tells the story of a crew of four “writers” – David, Tino, Elyas und Achim – who observe the hierarchies, the values, the rules and the codes of the graffiti scene. Scheduled for screening at Input 2008 on 5 May.

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