Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

Berlin, 1993. Photographer and artist Jürgen Baldiga battles HIV. In the 1990s, the AIDS epidemic is reaching a climax that no one had expected. The infected bodies and their stories disappear from the public eye, as though they'd never existed. Through the death of his friends and subsequently his own, Baldiga becomes a chronicler of his time: "I am taking a picture. I am photographing the world. I exist." Identity and history disappear without the persistence of memory. Up until the final days of his life, Jürgen Baldiga documents an exodus to which he himself also succumbs. RESCUE THE FIRE draws attention to a piece of West Berlin history and the voices of the collective memory.

tags: Documentary, Memories, History, Art, Queer

With: Aron Neubert, Michael Brynntrup, Melitta Poppe, Mignon, Renate Wanda de la Gosse, Paula Sau, Ulf Reimer, Axel Wippermann


Screenplay: Jasco Viefhues

Director of Photography: Hendrik Reichel

Film Editor: Reinaldo P. Almeida

Composer: Pionier Seriös

Producer: Jasco Viefhues

Production Company: Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)

Distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH

Director: Jasco Viefhues


Jasco Viefhues was born in 1980. After studying film directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb), he now works in the areas of media, design, and film. His body of work includes the short film KAFARNAUM (2010), which was nominated for the German short film award, and JANS BODY (2012). Viefhues's documentary short INTERNAL BODY SHOTS (2014) premiered at the Berlinale.