DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Second Attack

The Second Attack

As a child Ibrahim Arslan survived the arson attack on his parents’ home in Mölln in which three members of his family were killed. Today he says that his family suffered not just one, but two attacks. After the Molotov cocktails had burnt out, the Arslan family became a target of attacks again, this time coming from the media, politics and society. These attacks were worse than the incendiary devices because they could have been avoided, Arslan says.

In her film, Mala Reinhardt asks why even today many victims of radical right-wing violence are forced to live through the same experience of being treated with hostility and criminalised. The victims, who have formed a network, analyse with impressive clarity which conditions make racism still socially acceptable in our country. The essential thing now is to listen to them.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Honorable Mention ver.di Prize for solidarity, humanity and fairness
Nominated for the Film Prize Leipziger Ring and the Young Eyes Film Award

Original Title: Der zweite Anschlag
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: German, Turkish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 62 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Mala Reinhardt
Producer: Kate Blamire, Benjamin Cölle, Katharina Degen, Patrick Lohse, Mala Reinhardt
Cinematographer: Patrick Lohse, Katharina Degen
Editor: Federico Neri
Sound: Kate Blamire, Gerald Mandl
Music: Macarena Solervicens

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.