About the Film

The Afro-German actor Helen Wendt takes the audience on a journey through independence movements in Mozambique, South Sudan, Great Britain, Catalonia and Bavaria, while fighting for her individual independence and identity within the systemic racist structures in her own life.

What does independence mean today? Do we want to fight for or against it? And how do colonialism and racism, the causes of many independence movements, continue to define us until now?

The camera embeds within angry protests, portraits emotional reports of politicians, freedom fighters, refugees and ordinary citizens, glides through meditative imagery of coastlines and mountains and unites the polyphonic narratives at recent Black Lives Matter rallies in Berlin.

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Exclusive Covid-19-Online-Preview
in the context of the postponed Banden!-Theater-Festival

18 – 21 June 2020

Online here each night from 8 - 9.30 pm

Follow-up discussion by livestream starting 9.40 pm

Originally, a theatrical stage performance by the name of “Independence for You” was scheduled to be presented at the Banden!-Festival. Due to Covid-19, Costa Compagnie provided an online-preview of the film “Fight (for) Independence” instead. The Banden!-Theaterfestival will now take place in 2021. The film will be presented in movie theaters in 2021 as well.


18 – 21 June 2020

Follow-up discussion by livestream starting 9.40 pm

Artist talk with performers of Costa Compagnie

06/18/20, 9.40 pm

Hosted by Elis Mavie (architect with focus on sustainable urban planning, Maputo, Mozambique)

Panel: Perceptions of the self and of others in the context of racist stereotyping

06/19/20, 9.40 pm

With Helen Wendt (Protagonist, Oldenburg State Theatre), Iniobong Essien (social psychologist, FernUni Hagen), moderated by ShaNon Bobinger (Systemic Consulting and Inclusive Communication, Berlin)

Deep Talk: Black Lives Matter, Racism and Forced Migration

06/20/20, 9.40 pm

With Rachel De Garang (performer and social diversity worker, Bristol, England) and ShaNon Bobinger (Systemic Life Coach for Intercultural Communication, Berlin)

Panel: Independence and Nationalism. Freedom for whom?

06/21/20, 9.40 pm

With Felix Meyer-Christian (Director and Artistic Director: Costa Compagnie), Thorsten Mense (sociologist and journalist with a focus on nationalism), moderated by Andrea Kuhn (director of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival)

Making-Of: 360°-video-gallery from selected shooting locations


A video work on the choreographic installation of the same name, presented at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art in January, May and June 2020.

Co-Creation, Performance: Montserrat Gardó Castillo, Katherina Shakina, Helen Wendt

Choreography, Performance: Jascha Viehstädt

Artistic direction, Director Video: Felix Meyer-Christian

DoP, Editor: Thomas Oswald

Music, Sound Design: Marcus Thomas

Videoinstallation: Erik Kundt

Film Credits

Director, Script, Research: Felix Meyer-Christian

Collaboration Script, Research in Mozambique, Voice Over: Helen Wendt

Directors of Photography: Philine Von Düszeln, Thomas Oswald, Felix Meyer-Christian

Editor: Stéphanie Morin

Music: Marcus Thomas

Sound Design: Martin Lutz

Coding, Virtual Reality: Erik Kundt

Color Correction: Eric Birnbaum

Stage, Costumes: Lydia Sonderegger

Dramaturgy: Hauke Heumann

Outside Eye: Zahava Rodrigo

Collaboration Research - Germany: Hauke Heumann, Lisa Mies, David Pallant, Maria Walser Spain: Agnes Kammerer, Jens Ochlast England: Sascha Kölzow, Raphael Rubino

Stringer, Collaboration Mozambique: Timoteo Maposse

Stringer, Collaboration South Sudan: Samir Bol, Ismail Omar

Production Management: Franziska Merlo

Production Film Press: Helga-Mari Steininger

Dramaturgy and Coordination State Theatres Oldenburg und Nuremberg: Marc-Oliver Krampe, Sascha Kölzow

Orchestra recordings Oldenburg: Jan Bergström (Oboe/ Englischhorn), Michael Hagemeister (Kontrabass), Agnes Izdebska (Violine), Jens Pfaff (Fagott)

Assistant Oldenburg: Aisha Abo-Mostafa

Assistant Nuremberg: Michael Königstein

With great thanks to all interview partners!

Donation instead of Paywall!

We are happy to encourage donations to institutions that stand up for the interests of BIPoC in Germany, do anti-racist work and continue to educate. The following selection shows only a fraction of the existing organizations and is a suggestion for information and further reading:

Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
Black Lives Matter Berlin
Center for Intersectional Justice
Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V.
Initiative Schwarzer Menschen
KOP Kampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt
Mangos & Bullets
Neue Deutsche Medienmacher*innen
Phönix e.V.

Funding Partners

A production by Costa Compagnie in cooperation with the State Theater Nuremberg and the State Theater Oldenburg, as well as the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art.

Funded by the Doppelpass Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Kindly supported by INVR.SPACE

In cooperation with flausen-BANDEN-Festival and Ballhaus Ost

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