Simba in New York

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Simba in New York

Directed by Tobias Sauer

  • Germany 2016; 32 min
  • Original version: German, English
  • Genre: Experimental, Documentary
    • Art Award - Lichter Filmfest


Walt Disney died 50 years ago. But to this day, millions of children grow up with the films he produced. To this day, he, who always stressed that he owes his success to a lot of hard work, is seen as the embodiment of the "American Dream".

A student writing his bachelor thesis remembers his childhood fascination for the USA. He lost his mother at an early age and always identified with Disney's orphan characters. But by now, a different kind of films has caught his attention: amateur films, "home movies". He seeks the "real" America in these images.

In an essayistic "stream of conciousness", which also features important thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry David Thoreau and Susan Sontag, the history of the United States and the protagonist’s and his mother’s personal stories become intertwined.