If we can’t dance in Berlin clubs, at least we can watch a documentary about clubbing there, right? With the corona regulations operating a club has become really difficult and this is threatening the one thing that has put Berlin on the map worldwide in the last couple of decades. While everything is back open again after the endless lockdown, clubs are still the one type of place that is still not allowed to open. It’s not that that is not understandable – but it doesn’t make it any better or fair for the people behind it.
The new documentary Clubkultur by filmmakers Leonie Gerner and Andrea Schumacher for Hauptstadt.tv shines a light on the importance of the Berlin club scene with various interviews with club owners, nightlife artists, DJs, and musicians, but also politicians and the Berlin Clubcommission. We also get to see a lot of footage from some wild Berlin nights that make us super nostalgic and that feel like they are from a distant time decades in the past.
The documentary honors the accomplishments of the nightlife makers but also highlights their challenges not only during the last year of the pandemic but also the previous years where gentrification and a certain underappreciation by the government has caused many clubs to shut down.
Since last week the film has been touring different Berlin clubs giving them a chance to reopen while parties are still forbidden. You can catch them for example tonight at Ritter Butzke, or in the following weeks until end of July at Sisyphos, Wilde Renate, Jonny Knüppel, About Blank, Watergate, Holzmarkt Pampa, Sage Beach, Mensch Meier, Klunkerkranich, and Wendenschloss. To see the exact schedule and book tickets have a look here.