Keine Startbahn West

Thomas Frickel, Regine Heuser, Gunter Oehme, Rolf Silber, Michael Smeaton, Wolfgang Schneider

Nuclear expansion, large-scale industrial projects, peace, alternative life models: the 1970s and 80s were marked by political movements of the people. An important role, giving both meaning and identity, was taken on by the Rhein-Main region’s protests against the plans of the county Hessen and the FAG (today: FRAPORT). The expansion of the airport by Runway 18 West was supposed to be prevented. Over 100.000 people from the whole region took part in the protests. The film shows in sometimes grotesquely humorous shots that not everything could remain peaceful with a group of this size. 

The filmmakers use intermedial stylistic devices such as animation, concert recordings and interviews with participants from both sides to emphasize the artistic aspects of the protest. Structured in six chapters and framed by shots of a charity concert, the film shows the chronology of the protest. 

Even though the result of the protest is common knowledge today, the parallels to themes of our present are obvious. They also show us that resistance and the attempt to improve something as a collective, regardless of the outcome, are both rewarding and relevant. After all, a common goal always unites people more effectively than empty phrases. As said in the film: “Law does not always have to be right.”

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Direction Thomas Frickel, Regine Heuser, Gunter Oehme, Rolf Silber, Michael Smeaton, Wolfgang Schneider
Country Deutschland
Year 1982
Language Original language with English subtitles
Production Frankfurter Filmwerkstatt GmbH
Camera Marian Czura, Wolfram Dormann, Ilse Meier, Wilfried Zeckai
Script Thomas Frickel, Regine Heuser, Gunter Oehme, Wolfgang Schneider, Rolf Silber
Editing Thomas Frickel, Regine Heuser, Wolfgang Schneider, Gunter Oehme, Rolf Silber
Music Maximilian Kerner, Inga Rumpf und Band, Frank Wolff, bots, Udo Lindenberg+ Panik-Orchester


Premiere of the restored Version

The digitalization of the film was supported in 2021 by the Förderprogramm Filmerbe.

Press Reviews

„Documentary about the protests of the early 80s against the expansion of the Frankfurt airport and the self-portrayal of the political entities. A partial, intentionally provocative montage film that emphasizes the emotional component of the conflict. Further, an interesting contemplation on the presentation of reality in the media." (Filmdienst.de)



(In presence of the directors)

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