Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled over last summer. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways? By means of press reports, SYMBOLIC THREATS allows the public at large to express their extreme disparity of interpretation. Inspired by the heated debate over the two „White American Flags" that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City's iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. What happens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it into a threat? Are we safe in the city? What is next?
Creditsdirector: Lutz Henke, Mischa Leinkauf, Matthias Wermke
producer: Lutz Henke
screenplay: Lutz Henke, Mischa Leinkauf & Matthias Wermke
More infodialogue: English
subtitles: no subt
LUTZ HENKE (1981): Symbolic Threats (2015, short). MISCHA LEINKAUF (1977): Die neonorangene Kuh (2006, short), Zwischenzeit (2008, short), Power! (2010, short), Symbolic Threats (2015, short). MATTHIAS WERMKE (1978): Die neonorangene Kuh (2006, short), Zwischenzeit (2008, short), Symbolic Threats (2015, short).