Going Alone

Dokus
Independent
| 28 min
German
| English

A funeral director who aspired to be an entertainer is now the last escort of people in Berlin who have died in solitude. A balancing act that straddles meaning and banality. Every year, five to ten percent of all deceased Berliners are buried by authorities because no relatives can be traced. Most of them are put into the ground single-handedly by funeral director Bernd Simon. But sometimes companions do turn up to say goodbye in their own special way. An observational documentary about a funeral service worker who aspired to become an entertainer. A portrait from a diffferent angle of a city, and a mirror of ways we deal with death, mourning, and remembrance. "A small, quiet, superb documentary film" (DER SPIEGEL).