Schlingensief – A Voice that Shook the Silence

Christoph Schlingensief’s films, performances, installations and provocative theatrical, television and operatic productions shaped the cultural and political discourse in Germany for two decades before his death in 2010 at just 49 years of age. This film attempts to exhaustively document the vast spectrum of this exceptional artist’s oeuvre, tracing his development from pubescent film-maker with an artistic bloodlust to revolutionary stage director in Berlin and Bayreuth, and, ultimately, to Germany’s ‘national artist’, who was purportedly venerated by all and invited to create the German Pavilion for the 2011 Venice Biennale.