Empire Me

  • Antenna IDFF Sydney
  • Berlin beyond FF
  • Guangzhou IDFF
  • Hotdogs Filmmaker
  • Hotdogs top10
  • idfa
  • Canadian sport FF
  • One world FF Bratislava
  • One world FF Prag
  • Verzio Human Rights DFF
  • E-Dox FF

Don‘t we sometimes fancy the idea of breaking out of our daily routine in order to start a new life beyond all conventions and constraints? The idea of Utopia, of a better life in an earthly paradise, is a dream mankind has long imagined in many versions. But the rigid principles of a globalised world hardly allow alternatives and visions.




99 min


Paul Poet


In search of an ideal lifestyle, hundreds of do-it-yourself entities build their own little microcosms. Micronations, eco-villages and secessionists are creating an alternative way of living together, with real territories and communities.

Thousands of free spirits thus battle against the new world order. They annex whole regions and districts. They create their own laws, languages, stamps and banknotes. The populations range from 1 to 500,000, and they come from different stratums and ideologies. With „Empire Me“, the author Paul Poet, himself veteran of alternative networks and social experiments, encounters six of these counter worlds which represent the movement at its best.

The feature-length film, which also includes a Web project, is staged as a road movie going straight to the heart of foreign social structures; like a glance at and behind the art of self presentation.

Paul Poet and his team explore more than just the various visions of the counter worlds and their makers. They also look for the common human need that unites them: The yearning for meaning, recognition and community in an increasingly bewildering world order.

Written and directed by
Paul Poet

Director of Photography
Enzo Brandner
Gerald Kerkletz
Jerzy Palacz

Edited by
Karina Ressler

Joe Knauer
Atanas Tcholakov

Executive producers
Johannes Rosenberger
Christian Beetz
Bady Mink

Line Producers
Johannes Rosenberger
Kathrin Isberner

Commissioning Editor
Martin Pieper (ZDF/arte)

Empire Me
  • „Just in diesem Moment überraschen uns die aus dem Theaterbereich stammenden jungen Regisseure Hans Block und Moritz Riesewieck mit einem erstaunlichen Dokumentarfilm, der seit Monaten Publikum und Kritik auf den wichtigsten Festivals der Welt elektrisiert. Völlig zu Recht: Es ist, als würden einem die Scheuklappen weggerissen, als sähe man das, was sich seit Jahren direkt vor unseren Augen abspielt, zum ersten Mal unverschleiert... eine fesselnde ,Doku noir' mit höchstem Anspruch...Dieser Film müsste an allen Schulen gezeigt werden.“
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In co-production with

  • wdr

Produced by

  • navigator

In co-production with

  • Beetz
  • minotaurus
  • zdf

In collaboration with

  • arte

Supported by

  • media
  • EU Commission
  • FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
  • DFFF
  • medienboard

Supported by

  • media
  • EED
  • nrw