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Empire Me: New Worlds Are Happening! (2011)

Empire Me - Der Staat bin ich! (original title)
Handmade utopias - a filmic search for the worldwide phenomenon of the micronation movement. Do-it-yourself states that have distanced themselves from the economic and political ... See full summary »

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Paul Poet

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Paul Poet
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Credited cast:
Paul Poet ... Self (Narrator)
John Rinaldi John Rinaldi ... Chicken John
Dark Dark Dark Dark Dark Dark ... Swimming Cities Live Band
Caledonia Curry Caledonia Curry ... Swoon
Tod Seelie Tod Seelie ... Swimming Cities Photographer
Formica Coriandolo Formica Coriandolo ... Formica from Damanhur
Achim Ecker Achim Ecker ... Achim from ZeGG
Prince Leonard Prince Leonard ... Prince Leonard of Hutt River (as Leonard Casley)
Michael Bates Michael Bates ... Prince Michael of Sealand
Esperide Ananas Esperide Ananas ... Esperide from Damanhur
Erwin Strauss Erwin Strauss ... Self
James Bates James Bates ... Prince James of Sealand
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Handmade utopias - a filmic search for the worldwide phenomenon of the micronation movement. Do-it-yourself states that have distanced themselves from the economic and political mainstreaming of globalization. A road movie covering land, water and the wildest realms of the imagination. Simultaneously creative documentary and pulsating cultural portrait, the film traces a new "unplugged" generation - their motives, their anxieties and their dreams. A film that shows how this generation realizes its escapist fantasies in new economic and political forms and how they collide with oppressive everyday realities. Written by PaulPoet@gmx.net

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Clips from the movie were used in 2011 in the music video "Follow the Sun" for Austrian Electroclash-Disco-project "Bunny Lake" (Universal), directed by Paul Poet as well, who also released a Director's Cut with newly filmed narrative scenes. See more »

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Weeping Rock, Rock
Written / Performed by Múm
Courtesy of Fat Cat Records 2004
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A tale of six weirdos
7 July 2018 | by bwdudeSee all my reviews

The movie's description "a filmic search for the worldwide phenomenon of the micronation movement" should have been warning enough, but I love me some documentaries of any kind.

Of course, there is nothing like a "worldwide micronation movement", calling it that is the epitome of hyperpole.

Instead we are presented with six "stories" of people and their "countries" without whom society is better off anyway. Just the fact that all of them feel the need to be "king", "prince" or "knight" of their miniature estates gives them away. Or that they invented a "sacred language" and think of themselves as enlightened.

All of that could still have been entertaining. Somehow though, Paul Poet managed to make it neither interesting nor even worthwhile. All that is left for me is to be thankful that none of those people live anywhere near me.


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Country:

Austria | Luxembourg | Germany

Language:

English | Macedonian | German | Italian | Danish

Release Date:

19 January 2012 (Austria) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Belzig, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

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$6,018
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