"The Naked King" launches in the W-film Online Cinema
People around the world are protesting for democratic freedom and human rights. But how does a protest actually become a revolution? In his film essay "The Naked King – 18 Fragments on Revolution", Andreas Hoessli asks this very question. Due to lockdown, the main prize winner from DOK.fest München will be released exclusively in the W-film Online Cinema at https://www.wfilm.de/en/the-naked-king/film-dvd-bluray-vod on 11 February. Just in time for the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran! For good cause: Locked cinemas that co-promote the online release will share in the proceeds. As soon as the lockdown ends, the film will also be shown in cinemas.
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1979, Revolution in Iran. 1980, Revolution in Poland. The fall of the Shah, the 'King of Kings' in Iran, mass strikes and the Solidarność trade union movement in Poland. What was going on in the minds of the young women and men who were involved in the revolutions at that time? What was going on inside them when the revolution was crushed or, as in Iran, a religious-authoritarian elite took power? Director Andreas Hoessli was living in Poland at the time as a research fellow. There he met the important writer Ryszard Kapuściński, who was a reporter covering the revolution in Iran. Kapuscinski's notes form the starting point of the film narrative, in which Hoessli also discovers that he himself was being monitored by the Polish secret service at the time and was even to be recruited for its machinations.