Markus Weinberg

Germany , 2019 / 68 min / English and German OV with German subt. / documentary

The story of the “Lifeline” and her crew who made it their mission to save refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean.

To save refugees from drowning, Axel Steier and his team from the Dresden sea rescue NGO "Mission Lifeline" have worked tirelessly for years and collected donations. Together with two Spanish NGOs, they finally manage to buy their own ship and set off to the Mediterranean. In his hometown Dresden, Axel's idea finds many friends but just as many enemies. They have to endure hatred and public attacks of citizens and certain politicians, including the right-wing populist Pegida movement. And then, they are faced with the harsh realities at sea: technical difficulties, refugee boats sinking before their eyes, even gunfire by Libyan militias. For two years, Markus Weinberg and Luise Baumgarten accompanied Axel and his crew with their cameras, even onto the ship just off the Libyan coast, where the struggle to save people from certain death ultimately also turns into a fight for the European idea.

Wed 11/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia EN & DE OV with DE subt. Public
Wed 11/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia EN & DE OV with DE subt. Scolaire
Thu 12/03 09:00 CNA Dudelange EN & DE OV with DE subt. Scolaire
  • Caminhos Film Festival, 2019 (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Slum Film Festival, 2019 (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • West Europe – Fusion International Film Festivals, 2019 (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Regina Intl Film Festival, 2019 (Regina, Canada)
  • The Most Important Films 2019 – Film Festival, 2019 (Las Vega, USA)
  • Hong Kong Film Art Intl Film Festival, 2019 (Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)
  • Dok.Fest Munich, 2019 (Munich, Germany)
Cast & Credits
Axel Steier, Sören Moje
Dino von Wintersdorff, Markus Weinberg
Edward Sikorski
Sophia Crüsemann
ravir film
ravir film

Markus Weinberg was born in Dresden in 1983. He studied Political Sciences, Modern and Contemporary History, and Sociology in Dresden. Even before his time as a student and racing cyclist, he travelled the world, always searching for and bringing back stories. He worked as a freelance editor at the MDR TV network, as a video journalist in Saxony and as print editor at the Dresdner Morgenpost newspaper. Nowadays, Markus works as a freelance editor, video journalist and documentary filmmaker. Die Mission der Lifeline (2019) is his first documentary feature.

  • 2019 – Die Mission der Lifeline (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)