Simonida works and lives at Hotel am Brillantengrund, the name of the hotel describing its location in a quarter of Vienna which once was the most wealthy industrial quarter of the city. Simonida works as a waitress, but she never has much money, knowing poverty very well. She is aware of the plight of those who struggle for daily bread, but she is convinced that people – however they want to live or however they can make a living - deserve a life of prosperity and recognition. As a socially engaged person not only thinking of herself, she tirelessly fights for the rights of the disenfranchised, but her battle is getting tougher in a capitalism being as shattered as it is ruthless. Simonida is stretched to her limits. Does this struggle make sense at all?
Audiovisual metaphors reflect Simonida's search and her fight for survival. Simonida is a mediatized person, a protagonist people can get involved with in order to catch a glimpse of socio-political future. The outlook may not always awaken high hopes, but there is one aspect the director Alexandra Reill certainly never forgets: always keep in mind how fragile people are.
By and with
eargazm / Georg Eisnecker / Susanne Gschwendtner / Peter Koger / Tina Marilu / Sascha Osaka / Alexandra Reill / Bernadette Stummer
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Source: Still frames out of the film School For Danger, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, 1943. Image editing: Alexandra Reill, 2012.
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