Film Work Show
Olad Aden and Gangway e.V. are showing their documentary “In the Streets of Berlin” as part of a retrospective at the Grüner Salon of the Volksbühne. It deals with the following:
West Berlin in the pre-reunification period: Again and again one hears, reads and sees reports about the Berlin youth gangs that make the city unsafe, are violent, commit crimes. The actions of the police achieve only moderate success. That is why the Berlin Senate is looking for other ways. The choice falls on street social work, a still young field of social work. The goal: to go to the young people from the gangs and to find perspectives with them beyond violence and delinquency. In this context, Gangway – Straßensozialarbeit in Berlin e.V. is founded, in the year of reunification. This leads to an expansion of the work area from Gangway to the former East Berlin – and to new challenges for the association!
In the midst of social conflicts that were more than an East-West problem, the young street workers were now to reach young people throughout the city who felt forgotten in the German-German unification frenzy and no longer had any expectations of the adult world. They carried their fears and frustration, their radicalization, rivalry and propensity to violence, but also their creativity and sense of community onto the streets of reunified Berlin. Some of the young people from back then are now street workers themselves, others have taken completely different paths. Together with them and other companions, we take a look back at “our” Berlin of no man’s time and give insights into the development of social work that does not wait and set rules, but goes where people are directly accessible in their own worlds and decide for themselves when, from whom and how they can accept support.
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