DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Waiting for the Summer’s Return

Waiting for the Summer’s Return

Ever since Pegida sprang up there has been resistance – colourful, loud and sometimes rhythmic. The rhythms of the counter-protests were often set by the local protest brass band “Banda Comunale”, who formed when the aim was to re-conquer the streets of Dresden, Freital or Clausnitz. But soon the musicians were no longer satisfied with being always “against”. They emancipated themselves from the manic defenders of the occident, started to play more gigs in refugee reception camps and shelters, and it didn’t take long until musicians from Syria, Burkina Faso, Palestine, Iraq and Iran joined the original combo of eleven and it became the “Banda Internationale”.

Barbara Lubich and Michael Sommermeyer followed the band at gigs and rehearsals, but also in their daily life between flat shares and reception camps. The result is a film that shows that an “against” can yield something new, strong and original. It’s only logical then that “Banda Internationale” are no longer just accompanying protests and asylum seekers but also performing in prisons (whose inmates are predominantly German) and at the renowned Heimatsound festival in Oberammergau. One of the band’s greatest hits, by the way, is the German 1970s pop song that gave the film its title, performed by Ezé Wendtoin from Burkina Faso.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


Original Title: Wann wird es endlich wieder Sommer
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: English, German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 98 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Barbara Lubich, Michael Sommermeyer
Producer: Michael Sommermeyer
Cinematographer: Ralf Jakubski, Barbara Lubich, Michael Sommermeyer
Editor: Ralf Jakubski, Barbara Lubich, Michael Sommermeyer
Music: Banda Internationale
Sound: Nikolaus Woernle, Ansgar Frerich
Script: Barbara Lubich

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 2018 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.