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Die Wache



The police - on the one hand we need them and rely on their protection, on the other hand there are always scandals when limits of the rule of law are crossed during a police operation or by individual officers. But what does police work actually look like beyond these extreme cases? Director Eva Wolf asked herself the same question. For her film DIE WACHE, she accompanied the officers of a police station with her camera over a period of months. The result is an observational documentary that provides up-close insights into daily police work. We see officers on patrol being called to an emergency, as well as police officers at the station coordinating with a doctor about taking a rioter into custody. Day or night, calls for service are always coming in. Cops don't know what to expect, but it's never good where they're going. Police officers don't know what to expect, but as representatives of the force of the state, they are asked to do one thing above all else on every call-out: respond appropriately. We see the fine line between authority and boundaries in policing, and hear what situations get to the people behind the uniforms, and how they deal with them.

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