“Telecom Case” on 3sat: Somewhat Visible, Somewhat Failed

Visit the office of Uwe Tellkamp

On Wednesday, 3Sat shows a movie about the “Telecom Case” that is worth watching, even if it fails somewhat.

Extraordinary intelligence: Uwe Tellkamp on his typewriter.

Extraordinary intelligence: Uwe Tellkamp on his typewriter.
© ZDF / Christ Valentien

It is only in the picture for a moment, the background is blurred, but after an hour and a half if you want to summarize the work and the author in one subject, the broadcaster is dedicated to 3Sat writer Uwe Tellkamp. Be the right choice – Pencil Sharpener Hand Crank: Old, bulky, do not hesitate to increase.

The film is worth a look as it has similar images from the Telecom office. There is a manuscript between the books and the pile of paper, and the author uses a pencil, ink or typewriter as needed. Once – look – he is also typing on the laptop.

Different typewriters are used, sometimes the flat travel model, sometimes the clunky office variant in the paddle de bicycle style. That’s how his new novel “The Sleep in the Clocks” 900 pages should have come out over the years.

“The Tellkamp Case – Controversy over Freedom of Expression” with extraordinary intimacy

The strength of the Andreas Gräfenstein film is that it is unusually close to Uwe Tellkamp. In this film he laughs and cries, scolds terribly, and is quiet with thought. Most importantly, he talks about where the anger comes from. This is a documentary titled “Telecom Case – Controversy over Freedom of Expression”.

Ever since he publicly criticized the role of politics and the media in the refugee crisis, he has been treated like a “bariya” and a “criminal,” Telecom says. Especially in Dresden, where he was no longer called, there was “utility silence”. This is a Tellkamp part true. It is true that the establishment avoids him here, which is not good.

But it is also true that Telecom withdrew itself after an argument with Turs Groonbean at Dresden Palace Culture in 2018. He did not accept calls for speeches, interviews or answers. If he then shows himself to be a mask victim it is not honest.

The strength of the film is that it gets very close to the writer telcomb.

The strength of the film is that it gets very close to the writer telcomb.
© ZDF / Ulf Behrens

This is a drawback of the 3Sat film: it was purchased at a cost not too close to Telecom. Without important question or verification, the protagonist can emphasize things that are only relevant to his particular vision. Different voices have their say in the film: Dresden writer Ingo Schulz, former GDR civil rights activist Frank Richter, cultural scientist Paul Kaiser and others.

But there is one more summary: East Germans in particular are talking about the East. That would be nice after the whole thing happened in Dresden. However, the film initially raises the question of whether what is being discussed in Dresden does not concern the “whole country”. There is no doubt that it does, because freedom of expression is not only considered in Dresden.

Provincial Overview

However, the film mainly follows Telecom’s story of the humiliated East as an illustration of dissatisfaction with democracy. I.e., in this summary, a provincial overview. Right-wing publisher Götz Kubitschek Swabian, identifier Martin Selner Austrian (both briefly mentioned in the picture), and AfD politician Alice Weidel are from East Westphalia – not to mention Marine Le Pen or Donald Trump.

This is where the film’s claim goes astray: is it about democracy and freedom of expression – or is it about Loschwitz, Telecom and the East? The title promises something else.


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