with One’s Own Eyes

WITH ONE'S OWN EYES observes the daily work of the editors of the renowned German political TV magazine MONITOR which is known for its investigative, opinionative and often polarizing journalism since its first airing 55 years ago.

The documentary focuses on the creation of one MONITOR program and follows the editors on their investigative research on right-wing extremists in connection with the murder of politician Walter Lübcke. Produced without television funds and solely funded by the Film- and Mediafund NRW, WITH ONE’S OWN EYES is the sixth full-length documentary by Miguel Müller-Frank.

"With One's Own Eyes" was awarded the "Filmpreis NRW" during the Film Festival Cologne 2020!

"The documentary feature WITH ONE'S OWN EYES by Miguel Müller-Frank shows how news is made by means of everyday office life at the WDR political magazine Monitor. With constantly increasing pressure in the face of approaching deadlines, the editorial team tries to meet its own demands for critical investigative journalism as well as to stay one step ahead of the competition in the news industry. Laura Emma Hansen's camera observes the increasingly hectic events with stoic calmness. This contrast is as essential as the fact that the film never leaves the office. The focus gives the viewers a lot of space and time to capture editorial structures and hierarchies. As the title promises, we are allowed to form our own impression of the journalistic business and its conditions."
JURY STATEMENT FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE

Original title
Mit eigenen Augen
Genre
Documentary
Length
110min
Language
German
Format
Digital + Transfer to DCP
Production
2Pilots
Producer
Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann
Producer
Regina Jorissen
Written, directed by
Miguel Müller-Frank
Dramatical advisor
Herbert Schwarze
DoP
Laura Emma Hansen
Sound
Moritz Minhöfer, Till A. von Reumont, Adrian Schwegler, Armin Badde
Sounddesign
Till Schaarschmidt
Editing
Miguel Müller-Frank, Ivan Morales Jr.
Supported by
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW