DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Family Shots

Family Shots

David Sieveking likes to get personal in his films, whether they are about his mother’s Alzheimer’s disease or his own quest for transcendence. In his new film he focuses on an issue that’s causing quite a stir in Germany: vaccination. Anyone who has ever seen the chasms opening up when this subject comes up in a surgery or at a parent-teacher conference knows what he’s talking about. To everyone else we recommend “Family Shots”, because the director manages, in fact, to turn his own insecurity into the starting point of an enthralling film.

The basic conflict sounds almost too simple: father wants the vaccinations, because the doctor advises them. Mother doesn’t because her gut feeling says no. Sieveking takes this impasse as an occasion to examine the supra-personal dimensions of this dissent. Trying to find an objective truth is far from his mind as he sticks to his role of the filmmaker-father, who puts inimitably naive questions to the WHO, the pharmaceutical industry and doctors critical of vaccination and finally comes to a conclusion that’s a pretty good summary of this ideologically charged debate. Sieveking is not afraid of stereotypes while he turns his political subject this way and that until he manages to reach his own, private decision.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Gedanken-Aufschluss, DEFA Sponsoring Prize
Original Title: Eingeimpft
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: English, German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 95 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: David Sieveking
Producer: Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Cinematographer: Adrian Stähli, Kaspar Köpke
Editor: Catrin Vogt, Mirja Gerle
Animation: Micki Fröhlich
Sound: Björn Wiese
Music: Jessica de Rooij
Script: David Sieveking

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.