sleeping rough

"sleeping rough" was shot during the summer of 2001 among a group of homeless men and women in the city-centre of Hamburg after six months of ethnographic fieldwork. While the homeless are often represented as outcasts of society, this film shows critical and self-reflective people who master their public lives with an undefeated spirit. The cohesion of the group provides the matrix through which individuals in varying stages of liminality can find solace and support.

old man with dog

The camera offers a privileged view of daily routines and work as well as leisure time which is spent socialising in a public square equipped with a container for luggage. Intimately and sometimes with disenchanted frankness the protagonists reflect on the circumstances of their situation, between romance and tragedy, past disappointments and future ambitions.

Co-director: Jochen Becker

Germany 2002

43 min.

Distribution: IVE

Martin Gruber



Festival of Visual Culture, Joensuu, Finland, 2006

RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Durham 2003

Beeld voor Beeld Festival, Amsterdam 2003

Astra Film Fest, Sibiu, Romania 2002

Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival 2002