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Nightmare on New Year's Eve

45' (GER, ENG subs)

A night of cheer devolved into distress and despair. The countdown to the New Year pricked by cries of sexual assault.

On the 31st of December, 2015 at 10:30pm in the control centre of the police station in Cologne, a young girl made an official report of sexual assault. At the time, nobody could have imagined that she would be the first of many victims. In Cologne alone, approximately 500 reports of sexual attacks were made on New Year’s Eve and in the following week. This night created a buzz with astounding socio-political effects. The distress calls changed the mood of the country, tempers were riled, suspicions raised- the joyful atmosphere of trust dissipated. The film explains the happenings of this terrible night and what followed in minute details.

The producers of this film met with various women to report on their opinions of the sexual attacks. They also interviewed the policemen/women who were on duty on the night of misfortune. The police departments are actively searching for the perpetrators of the horrendous acts. However, till today only two of the sexual predators have been caught and apprehended. One of them will not accept the charges being brought up against him. He is accusing the victim, the members of the police department and the state of discrimination and wrongful judgement. But was it, as he claims, an instance of him being at the wrong place at the wrong time? And if the events of the night weren’t discussed and planned by one specific group of assailants, what was it then?

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Der Silvester-Schock – Eine Nacht verändert Deutschland
Year: 2016
Length: 45' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Florian Bauer, Daniela Becker, Nicole Rosenbach, Justine Rosenkranz
Produced by: WDR

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