Documentaries about people and their worlds

Overcoming the crisis - How can faith help?

A film by Tatjana Mischke

co-author: Kadriye Acar

A production of WDR

From the series Real Life (Echtes Leben)

First broadcast: 19 April 2020 at 17.30 p.m., ARD
21.04.2020, 9.32 p.m., newsreel24
22.04.2020, 12.00 noon, Phoenix
22.04.2020, 00.30 a.m., newsreel24
25.04.2020, 07.15 a.m., newsreel24
25.04.2020, 11.30 a.m., ARD alpha

"Everything we could have counted on is suddenly gone. Now we all have to reorient ourselves. What is important to us?" The streets in Cologne have become empty since the contact ban. The churches are closed. Reverend Mörtter hurries to the greengrocer's, because here he gets the best tips where there is need in his parish. "It is like a crossroads where we stand: Do we decide to pipe down, or do we decide to show more solidarity?"

But how can we experience community when distance dominates our daily lives? Or when community suddenly means certain death. As in the case of Stefan Weirich. The beekeeper of the Catholic parish of St. Maria has already had ten heart operations. He would not survive an infection with the corona virus. "Any person I meet on the street can be the death of me. That's not a nice thing to think."

Meanwhile, Dr. Tankred Stöbe is preparing for the situation at Berlin's Havelhöhe Community Hospital, where he will have more patients than ICU beds. "If it becomes too many patients, we'll have to decide who to help and who to let die." He only knows this situation from his missions in troubled areas of the world. How much does it weigh on his conscience?

Real Life (Echtes Leben accompanies pastors, doctors and sick people through the first weeks of the crisis and asks how they manage to find support and confidence in the crisis.

Editor: Angelika Wagner (WDR)

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