tv Arts and Culture Deutsche Welle May 3, 2019 11:45pm-12:01am CEST
and we visit a company that's made shoes out of coffee fish and now. we began to try back a film festival in new york renowned for showing cutting edge independent films they just tell the world premiere of x y chelsea a documentary about whistleblower an activist chelsea manning the director tim travers hawkins got incredibly close to the complex carries the walls u.s. soldier bradley manning who leaked a huge amount of classified documents to wiki leaks was sent to jail and there started transitioning to a woman quite a story. what story. there question.
to i don't want. you. rumors. and i mean i shan't jesters i'm the same person i was just. seven years ago and. how different. even the streets are feels like life has a beginning. and i still have battles with a pilot chelsea manning surprised the political well this week by announcing she was running for the u.s. senate told one thing on your ear and i heard it in your can't stop why are you know how fragile she is of. her side of her state of certainty please try. and not listen people think. looks intriguing market group is here to talk about this. she says i'm not the person people think i am but she does put herself in the public spotlight regular intervals i mean so who is chelsea manning well as you
already sat she is a very complex character and the documentary follows her after her release from prison and twenty seventeen and until then we didn't know much about her as a person but tim trevor hawkins the director was able to get really really close and so we get an impression of this young woman who was once a soldier and then the whistleblower and a double agent as some say the film shows that she very often doesn't quite know how to position herself in public and personally i can't get enough of this picture i'm really endlessly curious because the film shows how she is really and on the other hand she's so incredibly strong because we all know what she went through. now her transition from man's woman was difficult for some people to accept so do you think it actually undermined her credibility maybe it did for some people
because she said that she struggles from a very early age with a gender identity and then she found her way to accepting herself as a trans woman in a military prison so it's really hard to understand for some people and then compared to what snowden on julian assange she was not this kind of hero i guess so when we remember until the rape charges that were made against and after his dramatic arrest he was really a bit of a superstar in certain circles as the man who took on the most powerful country in the world but. chelsea manning. what was the reaction to the film there were mixed critiques but try back at so it was quite sad actually because the main protagonist couldn't even be there. in chelsea manning is covered get back to
prison because she is refusing once again to testify to a grand jury against wiki leaks and her lawyers who have very worried about her she's blonde a rebel but well she still sticks to her guns well it's going to be a lot of sort of attention for this film because of judy in a song being released just about to go back to salute like the crew thanks very much. now with all the talk in recent times of looted african art here in europe that needs to be returned to its rightful owners it's nice to see museums in your cooperation with african museums for an exhibition of african art in germany the southern german city of tubingen has an exhibition featuring congolese art from the nine hundred sixty s. to the present day. designer shoes and the clothes to go with this to is africa as reflected by artists from the
democratic republic of congo. they portray people whose outfits bring color to daily life and allow them to dream of escaping poverty into a life of luxury. the fighting in the streets of the capital kinshasa people who see no escape from the violence here flee the country like the father of video artist michelle my game with her installation she dives into her past when she was six years old her family emigrated to france. my father it was really and engage you know in the context of mobile took critics and even to to coming. up you know to try to change something you know in congo so it was put it to every feature and when i was younger and i asked myself ok what we're going to do and i choose art because i mean
as an artist we have. to tell things to our position to try to change the world. when mobutu sese seko was in power the democratic republic of congo was still called zaire the president's grandiose self promotion couldn't hide the human rights abuses and hunger problems the poverty stricken country still struggles with today. as always it's the powerful who earn profits in congo and these days it's not just europeans but also the chinese exploiting the country's natural resources during the colonial era it was belgium. so belgians like to take pride in the infrastructure that tidbit is to. as a matter of fact the where vote. but basically to export natural resources and so this is something which. continues with chinese for instance who also like the belgians and previously can only the colonial period invest heavily
in setting up this kind of infrastructure but again with the same purpose how can anyone escape from this trap is there a way out. of these artists look for answers in khartoum like works the dream of prosperity is reachable for only a few people in congo women are often the victims of violence with few opportunities for self advancement in this male dominated society. michel my game now lives in paris and she's already had an impact with her art. when i started out as a woman. i was. the one only woman now there are a lot of women in the young generation there make this choice not easy choice they made a choice to become women artists and i think. it changed something. she
certainly did now there's a company in munich which specializes in creating shoes from sustainable materials it's a family that has been making shoes for over one hundred sixty years and that too is the latest innovative brand now too has made shoes out of mushrooms or milk and sneakers from bubble wrap or other minium and now with the help of a burden company they're making sneakers out of star. these shoes are made with stone it's flexible slate which is used here for parts typically need for much. there from the sustainable luxury brand now to from. sebastian teases the footwear brands founder his family has been in the shoe business for six generations but even for him working with stone news. is one of them it's hundreds of millions of years old all natural and each pair is
unique. technically speaking it isn't superior to leather because some of the shoes are a bit less robust so you shouldn't wear them in siberia at minus forty degrees celsius but they're perfect for normal day to day purposes. the process of making stone flexible enough for shoe making starts with huge blocks of marble or slate using a special technique very thin slabs or sawn off which are then glued onto a flexible material. the method was invented by berlin based company rockslide which collaborates with sebastien teams. sixty three the spine of the heisman i.q. the money the stone becomes flexible if you make it very very thin we're talking less than one millimeter thick and then combine it with something stabilizing. the stone is then exposed to heat and cold alternately to make it even more flexible but that process is a trade secret by the end it can even be stitched. along with shoes there are
also stone belts sunglasses and backs but there are limits to the usability. this is fine of us when it comes to stone t. shirts jackets and such it gets complicated we've experimented with those kinds of items but other materials offer different breathability and range of motion. it's also going to stay expensive and labor intense so it will probably stay more niche than mass market. sebastiaan tes had been looking for an issue again and again he tested unusual materials for she like leather made from tender fungus a treat parasite. and strong from the very a in austria. but also coffee. milk. good. and fish scales have all been tested as potential sneaker material. it
seems sebastiaan t. smoke keep walking the innovative line in his shoes made with stuff. good luck to him unfortunately those sneakers are expensive but working toward sustainability is worth it so we have to start looking after all planet where all not vote i leave you but don't forget our web site for more on all those topics d.w. dot com slash culture thanks for watching. good . to.
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