Abandoned properties, empty buildings, anonymity, stagnation. Not everyone who lives between the cities of Dortmund and Duisburg is willing to accept these conditions. On the contrary. More and more people who are confronted with the eternal local restructuring of the Ruhr region are discovering opportunities for themselves and intervening in everyday urban life. Living rooms in the middle of the street, neighbourhood shops, renter initiatives, repair cafés, refugee kitchens and community gardens are being born in the niches of various cities – independent, autonomous and collective. Das Gegenteil von Grau (The Opposite of Gray) is the new documentary film by Matthias Coers, director of Mietrebellen – Widerstand gegen den Ausverkauf der Stadt (2014). Made in collaboration with the network “Recht auf Stadt – Ruhr”, the work portrays different groups who are living out practical utopias and creating independent spaces as they struggle for a solidary and ecological form of co-inhabitance in the urban fabric.
Matthias Coers, DE 2017, 90 min
Introduction and moderation: Florian Wüst
With special guest: Matthias Coers