ARD theme evening for the 10th anniversary of the Loveparade disaster

The first is devoting a feature film and a documentary to the Loveparade accident this evening.


Last week “Loveparade – When love learned to dance” was the first documentary on the history of the Loveparade. The rave was last held on July 24, 2010 because of an accident that killed 21 people. The Loveparade catastrophe is now for the tenth time. The first of the anniversary is an occasion to deal intensively with the background, but also with the fates of the victims, survivors and relatives.

At 8:15 p.m. the feature film “Life Afterwards” (WDR) shows how the survivors of the accident deal with their trauma. The film follows the 24-year-old Antonia Schneider (Jella Haase), who has been suffering from panic attacks since she took part in the 2010 Love Parade. In desperation, she destroys the memorial and flees the police. It impressively shows how Antonia deals with her own feelings of guilt and the guilt of others. “Life After” was premiered at the Munich Film Festival in 2017.

Immediately afterwards, at 10.45 p.m., the documentary “Loveparade – The Negotiation” illuminates the legal preparation of the catastrophe in Duisburg. The film accompanies the complex criminal proceedings from the first to the last day of the trial. Dominik Wessely’s documentary raises existential questions about justice, guilt and grief and lets the actors in the process have their say. Music also plays an important role in “Loveparade – The Negotiation”. The Spanish composer Jesús Díaz has recorded sounds from the scene of the accident and the event site, giving an acoustic insight into the sad events of the 2010 Love Parade.

The court proceedings regarding the events on the Loveparade were stopped on May 4, 2020 by the district court of Duisburg without judgment.

© WDR / Knut Schmitz / DOCDAYS Productions

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  • df love parade disaster: ARD photo



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