A DIFFERENT LOOK
Documentaries about people and their worlds
A film by Tama Tobias Macht and Johanna Sunder-Plassmann
A production for WDR (Menschen hautnah and Echtes Leben)
A skyscraper in Cologne: 228 apartments, 30 nations, 12 religions, salaries that range from Hartz IV to 70,000 net. An unusually colorful diversity of society is reflected in the 12 floors of the apartment block in Cologne-Kalk.
An ex-gangster lives next to the architect, the Turkish big family next to the German student. The Italian housekeeper takes care of the American computer scientist, as well as of the long-time drug addict and the cleaning man from Cuba. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikh, Berbers and Yazidis live here together under one roof.
Now renovations are on the agenda. The apartment owners in the building are happy that the building will become more beautiful. But those who only rent are afraid of rising prices. How do the residents communicate with each other? Can they find a compromise on the housing question that is fair to everyone?