Film – Ramstein-Miesenbach – Film about the Ramstein accident: focus on the victims – culture

Ramstein (dpa / lrs) – The air show disaster at the US Airbase Ramstein in 1988 with 70 dead will be broadcast on October 26 with the title “Ramstein – The pierced heart” (8:15 p.m., ARD). The “sensitive drama” does not rely on effects like classic disaster films, but consistently focuses on the victim’s perspective, said Barbara Biermann, head of the film and documentary department at SWR, on Wednesday. “The film takes us by the hand to walk with the victims.”

Manfred Hattendorf, head of the film and planning department at SWR, said the film not only wanted those affected “to have their say, but also to be entitled to their rights”. In order to counteract re-traumatization in those affected, a counseling hotline will be activated during the film.

Directed by Kai Wessel, the script was written by Holger Karsten Schmidt. Elisa Schlott and Jan Krauter as well as Trystan Pütter and Max Hubacher are in front of the camera. Filmed in Belgium.

On August 28, 1988, 70 people died and more than 350 were seriously injured at the US military base in Ramstein (Rhineland-Palatinate) during the largest aviation disaster in Germany. During demonstrations at an open day, three aircraft from an Italian aerobatic team collided at a height of around 40 meters. A burning machine crashed into the crowd and exploded.

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