Civil courage or vigilante justice? Bending the rule of law? Again uses reenactment and fact-based staging to investigate this fundamental question, while taking a hard look at Germany’s refugee crisis and the social and political turmoils of recent years.
AGAIN takes an incident in a village in the Free State of Saxony in East Germany as a point of departure to ask a question that is essential to any community: What is civil courage and when does it tip over into vigilante justice?
AGAIN reappraises the so-called “handcuff trial” when four men attacked a Kurdish-Iraqi refugee in a supermarket and then tied him to a nearby tree.
AGAIN restages the supermarket situation, navigates barriers of communication, and depicts violence in an everyday situation. Original footage from the incident published on YouTube serves as a counterpoint to the staged performance.
AGAIN tells the story of Schabas Saleh Al-Aziz and his flight from Iraq along the 4,000 km “Balkan Route.” We learn about his epileptic disease and the complications he suffered during his asylum-seeking process in Germany.
AGAIN recounts the legal arguments of the case and lets the indicted men and their attorney have their say.