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Glaube Sitte Heimat

Every two years, the small town of Beverungen, in the middle of Germany, celebrates with particular vigour its “Schützenfest“, the traditional Marksmen's Festival. Festivities are focused on numerous parades and a shooting contest, where the winner is declared "King".
Marksmen's guilds or brotherhoods are known to have existed since the Middle Ages throughout the Germanic regions. They protected cities and rural areas against troubles, wars and looting. In Beverungen, about a quarter of the active male population is involved in the local Marksmen's Association.
In 2008, Beverungen has the honour of hosting the annual festival of the "Confederation of Historical German Marksmen's Brotherhoods" with thousands of participants coming from all over the west of Germany. District Kings and Diocesan Majesties compete for the title of the year's new "Confederal King" who receives the royal insignia in front of the altar, after the prayer of blessing.

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Little known by foreigners, ignored and even snubbed by city people, the Marksmen's Festivals (Schützenfeste) stand as a foremost event in many towns and villages all over Germany, and their participants number millions nationwide. The multiple sporting, social or charitable activities of the Marksmen's Associations or Brotherhoods play an important role, particularly in Germany’s rural regions.
The observation of two such festivities in a small town deep in the Federal Republic of Germany was an occasion to plunge into German popular culture and some of its century-old traditions, which remain strongly anchored in regional identities. These crystallise around the notion of Heimat, which designates the - often idealised - homeland or native region, where one feels at home and to which one remains attached and loyal.
germany traditions culture marksmen's festival

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Copyright © 2010 Jürgen Ellinghaus

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Previous screenings

2011
Prima Nova | 2011
9 Dec | Brussels, Belgium
Festival International du Cinéma Numérique | 2011
16 Dec – 18 Dec | Cotonou, Benin
2012
Человек и Война: Открытый Фестиваль Документального Кино | 2012
13 Feb – 19 Feb | Yekaterinburg, Russia
Berlin Lichtblick Screenings | 2012
23 Feb – 29 Feb | Berlin, Germany
16 May – 19 May | Lasalle, France
7 Oct – 13 Oct | Brest, France
Tranzyt Documentary Film Festival | 2012
13 Oct – 20 Oct | Poznań, Poland
24 Oct – 3 Nov | Kenya
2013
Paris Screenings | 2013
11 Jan – 12 Apr | Paris, France
Festival Territoires en Images | 2013
5 Apr – 6 Apr | Paris, France
28 Aug – 15 Sep | London, United Kingdom
Festivalul Internațional Toamnă la Voroneț | 2013
22 Oct – 27 Oct | Gura Humorului, Romania
Festival de Film Documentaire de Blitta | 2013
17 Dec – 22 Dec | Blitta, Togo
21 Dec – 27 Dec | New Delhi, India
2014
Mucem Screening "Folles Parades" | 2014
9 Mar | Marseille, France
International Festival of Local Televisions
18 Jun – 21 Jun | Košice, Slovakia
24 Sep – 27 Sep | San Luis Potosí, Mexico
2015
German Day | 2015
30 May | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Otros Cines: Muestra Nacional de Cine Independiente | 2015
27 Aug – 30 Aug | San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Argentina
2 Sep – 6 Sep | Ferizaj, Kosovo
Festival de Cine de Paracho | 2015
18 Sep – 20 Sep | Paracho, Michoacán, Mexico
4th One with a Movie Camera: Marburg International Ethnographic Film Festival | 2015
31 Oct – 1 Nov | Marburg, Germany
2016
12 Feb – 20 Feb | Guadalajara, Mexico
16 Feb – 21 Feb | Kigali, Rwanda
Singkuwento International Film Festival | 2016
19 Feb – 27 Feb | Manila, Philippines
iChill International Film Fest | 2016
29 Jul – 31 Jul | Sampaloc (Manila), Philippines
Club No. 19 | 2016
22 Sep | Tiraspol, Moldova

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