The idea of ON THIS DAY actually came up by a coincidence. You meet friends, have a drink and talk about our world and society.
And so it happened on one evening when we talked about 9/11. But we talked about several severe events in the last decades, like the Gladbeck drama, Chernobyl and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
We noticed that not only we remembered these days, clearly. The more we talked about these events, the more we noticed that almost everyone remembered these days clearly.
Everyone had their own personal story and we had the impression that it just happened yesterday.
"This disaster is the result of an absolute belief in the wisdom of the free market, the prioritization of profit over security,and ignorance of the scientific evidence for climate change."
("This catastrophe is man-made." A column by Heike Buchter / Zeit Online)
What has changed from now to then and why did we feel affected even though we were not directly affected? What has changed as a result of Corona? And this time, do we possibly see this deep eruption on our timeline as an opportunity to rethink and act?
Our protagonists in ON THIS DAY confront the audience with their personal memories and questions about global events as well as with a cautious outlook into our future. Are we living in a filter bubble?
ON THIS DAY want to shake up, set impulses and move a bit to an awareness that we do have an influence on our timeline. We just have to be clear about what we want and where we want to go.
A concept and a treatment were written and the first interviews with different generations were filmed in advance.
In long conversations we asked even ourselves, what has changed from then to now?
Why did we hardly remember the events that followed after 9/11? Although, they were just as important!
During our research, we also questioned our own handling with news and media and asked ourselves to what extent these events have influenced our behaviour.