Alone. A conversation about lonely goodbyes in the middle of our society Alone. A conversation about lonely goodbyes in the middle of our society
Alone. A conversation about lonely goodbyes in the middle of our society
Photo: Steffen Baraniak


31. August 2021 | 7 pm

Place: KörberForum, Kehrwieder 12, 20457 Hamburg

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Going Alone

Lonely farewell in the middle of our society

"How can we show our care for loved ones even after they have died?" asks Dr. Dirk Pörschmann, executive director of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal and director of the Museum für Sepulkralkultur in Kassel. How do we deal with dying, parting and burial? Do all people have a right to care after living and dying? Using the example of regulatory burials, Dirk Pörschmann, filmmaker Raphael Schanz and urn attendant Bernd Simon turn the spotlight on a little-noticed topic, the lonely farewell. Schanz provides insights into his current short film. The conversation will be moderated by Philipp Lemmerich, Deutschlandfunk.

Going Alone – The Film

Every year, five to ten percent of all deceased Berliners are buried by the authorities. Most of them are put into the ground single-handedly by urn attendant Bernd Simon. But sometimes companions do turn up who say goodbye in their own special way. An observational documentary about a mortician who actually wanted to become an animator, a whimsical portrait of a city and a mirror of how we deal with death, mourning and memory.

Direction: Raphael Schanz
Image Design: Philipp Seifert
Montage: Marielle Pohlmann
Dramaturgical Consulting: Sebastian Winkels
Sound: Antonio V. Monge
Sound Design: Ella Zwietnig
Colorist: Robert Franz
Title Design: Leon Schniewind
Production: panther reh
with support by the Körber Foundation


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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur

Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Weinbergstraße 25–27
D-34117 Kassel | Germany
Tel. +49 (0)561 918 93-0

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Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Kassel Documenta Stadt
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