Germany: Berlin Film Festival Invites Then Disinvites AfD Politicians


In a democracy, the supposed ability of the people to petition grievances is via voting. This is different than in an “autocracy,” where you directly petition the government for policy change (like the Chinese did when they protested the lockdowns and Beijing said “yeah, okay”). An autocracy or a dictatorship or a kingdom or whatever you want to call it has to meet certain demands of the people, because it doesn’t have the escape hatch of voting.

In a democracy, any hated leader can always escape by simply resigning or being voted out. In our experience, this always results in someone very similar taking over and doing the same thing, then being replaced again, indefinitely, all while a “deep state” bureaucracy remains run by the same individuals.

Here’s the thing: if voting does not work, you do not have any form of petition of grievance.

It is an absolute state of tyranny when the total opposition party, which is almost certainly the most popular party in the country, is down by law.


Two star members of the Berlin Film Festival’s jury on Thursday criticised a decision to withdraw invitations to hard-right politicians, with one suggesting the event could have broadened the lawmakers’ horizons.

Five members of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party were invited to the opening ceremony on Thursday evening alongside other elected politicians.

But organisers withdrew the invites last week amid a nationwide uproar after it emerged members of the party had discussed deportations of ethnic minorities at a secret meeting.

That didn’t even happen and if it did it’s their right to discuss whatever they want.

But I don’t think it did happen and there is no proof, it’s just a trumped-up hoax to deal with the fact that the AfD would be about to take over the government through the established democratic process, if they were allowed. (Of course, in Germany, a court can simply say they’re not allowed to be the government, regardless of whether they are elected, so it doesn’t really mean anything.)

German director Christian Petzold, whose film “Afire” won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize last year, and Italian actor Jasmine Trinca both said the decision was not conducive to open discussion.

“We are not cowards,” Petzold told journalists at a news conference presenting the jury. “If we can’t stand five members of the AfD as part of the audience, we will lose our fight.”

Christian Pretzold

Jasmine Trinca

Trinca, whose TV series “Supersex” about porn star Rocco Siffredi will show at the fest, said cinema had the power to change people’s perspectives.

The five politicians could have sat in the audience, watched the “works of cinema chosen by the Berlinale to represent this time and moment in life”, and broadened their perspectives, Trinca said.

Katrin Brinker, the AfD’s leader in Berlin who had her invitation cancelled, earlier said the decision showed the festival as bowing to pressure from cultural activists.

“It marginalises, stigmatises and denies democratically elected representatives of the AfD the same rights that it grants to others,” she said in a video on her Facebook page.

This was more or less definitely ordered by the government.

The German government is insane. They control the entire culture, as in a dystopian novel. In the US, the situation is more or less the same, arguably, but it’s at least more complicated and less surreal.

My horizons feel broadened just from the trailer