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Category: Edition 2020

A documentary about international young activists who are fighting for a better future - for themselves and the planet. NOW shows how young activists from around the globe such as Felix Finkbeiner (Plant for the Planet), Luisa Neubauer, Greta Thunberg (Fridays for Future) and Vic Barrett (Youth v. Gov) are currently challenging the status quo and pushing for social and political change.

NOW focuses on these young protagonists and the question what it feels like to be an activist and what is at stake for them. Experienced activists as well as experts for different and relevant topics will provide background information and forecasts for future developments.

Original Title Now
Category Out of competition
Section Special Events
Tipology Documentary, Special Event
Duration 74’
Production Year 2020
Nationality Germany
Directed by Jim Rakete
Screenplay Claudia Rinke
Director of photography Philip Koepsell
Editor Kjell Peterson
Music Nils Strunk
Main cast Marcella Hansch
Zion Lights
Nike Mahlhaus
Muhammad Yunus
Patti Smith
Heiko Maas
Greta Thunberg
Wim Wenders
Antonis Schwarz
Franziska Heinisch
Marc Buckley
Jason Hickel
Parag Khanna
Produced by Rainer Kölmel


Jim RaketeJim Rakete

Born in 1951 in Berlin. At the age of four Rakete was given his first camera and this decided his destiny. The native Berliner became the most famous photographer in Germany. At the age of seventeen he began to work professionally as a photo-journalist for newspapers, magazines and agencies.

From 1977 to 1986 he ran “The Factory” in Berlin-Kreuzberg and was known chiefly as the music manager of Nina Hagen, Nena and Spliff. He was a decisive figure in getting German New Wave going. 

Film, theatre and music remain Rakete’s passion. He photographs big brands and big stars, receives international commissions and in the meantime also works in Los Angeles and Hamburg. His pictures of Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Herbert Grönemeyer have become icons. Whether he photographs Samuel Beckett, Jenny Holzer or the girl next door, his great dedication lays the instant of encounter bare.

With advertising, editorials or private commissions, decisive is Rakete’s attitude. The idea must grab him. It is probably his capacity for enthusiasm and his impatient work tempo that makes him so attractive to stars. Photo sessions with Rakete never take long. You will hear this from Sean Connery, Natalie Portman, Wim Wenders, Götz George, Katharina and Anna Thalbach. Otto Sander described a session in this way: “With Jim you have the feeling that you give him something – and he takes it gratefully”.

Jim Rakete still maintains his “black-and-white gaze”, even when he uses colour. Precision of composition and striking directness pervade his work. His pictures have long been recognized as art and may be found in major collections such as the German Film Museum in Frankfurt and the Folkwang Museum in Essen.

Starhaus Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany)

international distribution
The Party Film Sales (France)

Italian distribution
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