The Second Attack

Der zweite Anschlag

DIRECTOR(S): Mala Reinhardt   COUNTRY: Germany   YEAR: 2018   LANGUAGE(S): English, Turkish   SUBTITLES: English   RUNNING TIME: 62 min

SECTION: International Forum 2019, Open Eyes 2019


Sunday, 06.10., 5.15 pm, kommkino
Monday, 07.10., 8.15 pm, Caritas-Pirckheimer-Haus, Q&A with Mala Reinhardt


When the National Socialist Underground or NSU unveiled themselves 2011, the news sent shock waves through German mainstream society. The NSU and its network of 100-150 supporters have been discovered to be responsible for at least 10 execution-style murders targeting German citizens of foreign origin and non-citizens, 2 bomb attacks and 14 bank robberies. With three murder victims, Nuremberg bears the heaviest loss of lives. But while the news helped acknowledge the existence and enormous scale of right-wing terrorism to many white Germans, the country’s migrant community and POC always knew they were targeted and saw the decades-long pattern of right-wing violence.

“As a child Ibrahim Arslan survived the arson attack on his parents’ home in Mölln in which three members of his family were killed. Today he says that his family suffered not just one, but two attacks. After the Molotov cocktails had burnt out, the Arslan family became a target of attacks again, this time coming from the media, politics and society. These attacks were worse than the incendiary devices because they could have been avoided, Arslan says.

In her film, Mala Reinhardt asks why even today many victims of radical right-wing violence are forced to live through the same experience of being treated with hostility and criminalised. The victims, who have formed a network, analyse with impressive clarity which conditions make racism still socially acceptable in our country. The essential thing now is to listen to them.” (Luc-Carolin Ziemann, DOK Leipzig)


Mala Reinhardt studied Ethnology in Cologne and has spent several months in India and Uganda for her final thesis. Her film Rupa was presented at several German and international film festivals. In 2015, she moved to Berlin and studied Documentary Film Directing at filmArche before beginning her Master’s Degree in Direction in October of 2017 at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Babelsberg.


The Second Attack (2018)

SCRIPT: Mala Reinhardt   PRODUCERS: Kate Blamire, Benjamin Cölle, Katharina Degen, Patrick Lohse, Mala Reinhardt   CAMERA: Patrick Lohse, Katharina Degen   EDITOR: Federico Neri   MUSIC: Macarena Solervicens