Hamburger Gitter: security politics, protest culture and threats to protest rights in Germany

Film Synopsis: Hamburg, July 2017. 20 heads of states, 31.000 police men and more than a 100.000 protesters- the city is in a state of exception. More than a year after the G20 summit, which was accompanied by a series of fierce protests, the police continues to search for hundreds of suspects feeding into a creeping wave of criminalisation of particularly left-wing political activists in Germany and beyond.

Interviewing 17 representatives from the German political scene, media, academia, justice and the police the documentary ‘Hamburger Gitter’ assesses the current security politics, protest culture and threats to protest rights in Germany. Presenting the G20 as an example of modern day policing the documentary interrogates the question: Have we entered a new era of securitisation and political policing?