Seven successful activists are invited to represent German feminism at the international women's conference. But the different realities of life and political attitudes collide in their shared accommodation and lead them into a hurtful struggle over terms and hierarchies. Even when a group of Nazis gathers in front of their house, they cannot agree on a common strategy. By finally daring to share feelings of anger and fear with each other, they discover surprising commonalities and develop their very own strategies to storm the patriarchal system together.
With director Merle Grimme and actresses Jane Chirwa and Thelma Buabeng in attendance
CLASHING DIFFERENCES Direction: Thelma Buabeng, Jane Chirwa, Merle Grimme, DCP, OmeU, 88 min
Merle Grimme is a film director, screenwriter, and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Hildesheim in 2010 and has been studying documentary film at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) since 2014. Her social spot “Der deutsche Kinderwunsch?” earned the jury award of the ZEIT Legacy Study and was ZEIT Online’s “Best of 2017” with more than 500,000 views. In 2023, Grimme will complete her film degree with CLASHING DIFFERENCES. This work, created in collaboration with ZDF and Arte, will be presented as a film as well as a miniseries. Specifically for this project, she developed an anti-discriminatory and inclusive production model in order to overcome inequitable structures in the film industry.
Thelma Buabeng has proven her versatility as an actress for years in cinema, television and on theatre stages. She can be seen in award-winning film productions such as BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ and BORGA. After theatre engagements in Bochum, Berlin, Hamburg and Zurich, she is now continuing her collaboration with the Schauspielhaus Zurich. There she can be seen with her own production “Security”, a political comedy in which characters from her YouTube cult series TELL ME NOTHING FROM THE HORSE can be found again. As founder of the Black Womxn Matter community, Thelma Buabeng strengthens female Afro-German perspectives in the media landscape and society.
Jane Chirwa completed her acting training at the Vorpommern Theatre Academy and then acted for several years at the Landesbühne Vorpommern. She appeared there as Titania in SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM and as Toinette in DER EINGEBILDETE KRANKE, among others. She also performed at Ballhaus Naunynstraße in Berlin and sang Aretha Franklin in the musical DIE BLUES BROTHER (2013) at Landesbühne Niedersachsen Nord. From January 2020 to April 2022 she embodied the police student Ann-Christin "AC" Heffner in the TV series BLUTIGE ANFÄNGER. She has also been involved in international productions as an actress, for example in 2019 in 3 ENGEL FÜR CHARLIE or in 2022 in the Swedish series HAMILTON.