Nihilist Penguin

An excerpt from “Encounters at the End of the World” by Werner Herzog, 2007.

The Death of Harry Simms

Harry Simms (December 25, 1911 – February 11, 1932), born Harry Simms Hersh, was a Jewish American labor leader from Springfield, Massachusetts. He was sent by the National Miners Union to Harlan County, Kentucky during the Harlan County War to organize the mine workers there.

On February 10, 1932, Simms was shot near Brush Creek in Knox County by a sheriff’s deputy who also worked as a mine guard for the local coal company. Simms died of his wound at Barbourville Hospital the next day. He was memorialized in a ballad, “The Death of Harry Simms” by Aunt Molly Jackson and Jim Garland,[1] and his funeral service at the Bronx Coliseum attracted a crowd of some 20,000 people.[2] The famous folksinger Pete Seeger popularized “The Death of Harry Simms” after learning it from Jim Garland at the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960s. Tao Rodriguez Seeger has performed a cover version of the song with the Allegro Youth Orchestra.

100 Dead Men

When executing people, groups like ISIS like to film these murders. Very often the scared, humiliated and tortured victims are shown and “interviewed”, shortly before being killed. This here is an excerpt of a video showing 100 men in total, that have been shot, beheaded, burned, drowned, blown up, run over by tanks, dragged to death, thrown off buildings. The number 100 is arbitrary.

Women are killed by these groups as well, but there faces disappear, since their killing is not recorded.

Watch ‘100 dead men’ by Simon Menner.

Innenansichten – Deutschland 1937

And now to something completely different.

Bryans Aufnahmen, unentwickelt und unzensiert in die USA geschickt und später teilweise für den Film „Inside Nazi Germany“ der US-amerikanischen Wochenschau verwendet, zeigen eine ganz eigene Form von Alltag, einen Alltag, über dem eine drückende Last zu liegen scheint. Hier gibt es keine „Huhu“-Menschen, die neugierig in die – bei der damaligen Technik unübersehbare – Kamera winken. Die meisten Gesichter wenden sich ab oder gucken unbeteiligt vorbei. Nicht auffallen, das wird auch ohne den Kommentar klar, war die Devise.

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Am Kölnberg

The tower block area “Am Kölnberg” has a bad reputation. People who – for any number of reasons – ended up on the edge of society, live here alongside refugee families and immigrants from all over the world. Unemployment, drug abuse and prostiution are part of everyday life for many of them. The film accompanies 4 people over a period of two years and portrays their life at “Kölnberg” with ups and downs.
One thing they all have in common: The dream of leading a fulfilled life, far away from “Am Kölnberg”.


Am Kölnberg website.

Portrait einer Straße

Berlin, Wedding, Gerichtstraße, 2014-2015.

Eine Straße als Bild. Für einen Bezirk. Für eine Stadt. Für eine Entwicklung. Es geht um Veränderung, um das Aufeinandertreffen von Gegensätzen, um Vertreibung und Vermischung. Um Spannung, Angst, Hoffnung und Gelassenheit. Um das Abenteuer des Augenblicks.

By Anna Niedhart.

The Automatons

Princely Toys is a BBC documentary from 1976. It explores the subject of automatons; antique animated dolls manufactured for the upper classes of the 19th century. The film centers around the collection of a man named Jack Donovan, but primarily focuses on the automatons themselves. The narrator talks in an odd cryptic fashion as the aged VHS footage ushers you into the yesterworld of monkey-masked musicians, half-human harlequins and other abominations from your childhood nightmares. Many toys have their own segment and an in-depth explanation is given by the narrator. He describes the toys in detail as the film zooms in on their unforgiving mechanical eyes darting about as their stiff little limbs jerk and sway to the sounds of antique music boxes perfectly tuned to conjure demons from beyond.

Most of the footage is shot in an empty studio with a minimal amount of lighting to give the viewer the illusion that each toy was filmed in it’s own personal abyss of darkness. Putting aside the creepy overtones (did I mention that one of the dolls is a man hacking a woman’s bloody torso with a butcher knife?) it’s amazing how intricate and detailed the dolls’ movements are and it’s hard to believe that their animation comes from tiny hidden gears and other simple machines. After watching it I was surprised to find that there doesn’t seem to be hardly any information available on this documentary.

Workingman’s Death


In today’s technological age – is heavy manual labour disappearing or is it just becoming invisible?

Physical work was once celebrated with hymns of praise. But workers today must be content with encouraging one another that their hard work is better than no work at all.

This series looks at the state of physical work in today’s world. Work that is dreary, demanding and at time dangerous.

The Girl Who talked to Dolphins

This is the story of one of the most extraordinary and audacious experiments in the history of science, which a visionary neuroscientist called John Lilly embarked on in the 1960s. His ambition was to build a communications bridge between humans and a little studied species of big-brained marine mammals called Tursiops Truncata – or the bottlenose dolphin; to teach them to speak English.

The experiment was seized upon by NASA, who were embarking on the first search for extra-terrestrial intelligence beyond the Earth, and immediately saw the potential to practice communicating on the dolphins, before ET made contact.

Backed with funding from NASA and other government agencies Lilly recruited a young female researcher called Margaret Howe to live with an adolescent male dolphin called Peter, in a specially built lab in the Caribbean. Over the summer of 1965 the pair began to co-habit in this domestic dolphinarium; with Margaret giving Peter daily English lessons.

But what started with 60s idealism would spiral into the darkness of the decade, and end in a tragedy, mired in scandal and rumours about a sexual relationship between Peter and Margaret.


Playing House


After hearing the same question over and over from friends and family — “Why aren’t you married yet?” — Suzanne Heintz got tired of it and set out to do something about it. She got herself a little family…of mannequins. Over the course of 14 years and 10,000 miles of travel, she took her fake family everywhere and took all kinds of “family” pictures….