GERMANIA explores young men on their search for identity in a time of impermanence and constant change. Amidst current populist upheaval, “traditional values“ resurface while a surge of participation in fraternities becomes fashionable again. Today there are more than 1,600 student associations internationally with over 190,000 members of German-speaking origin. In observing scenes, the film approaches the members of Corps Germania. For the members of the conservative fraternity, it is lived democracy and a school for life. For outsiders, it is a claustrophobic cosmos with strict rules, rigid hierarchy and strange rituals. But what does it mean to be a man, what are they searching for in the digital age, where does a political attitude come from? The filmmakers take a look behind the usual lines of argumentation and find out how the young men find their bearings in the tension between tradition and modernity.
LION BISCHOF was born in 1988. After studies in Philosophy, he studied Directing at the University of Television and Film Munich. Active as a cameraman and director, his films include: SUPERVISION (2012), STATION: PATHOLOGIE (2013), HINTERWELTEN (2014), and GERMANIA (2018).