Film - HFF Special: Close Up Washington Filmfest 2020


Directed by Felix Länge


Director: Felix Länge
Section: HFF Special: Close Up Washington
Country: Germany, USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Version: Original version with English subtitles

Also in this program



A road worker who works 60 hours a week at a minimum-wage job that barely covers his family’s expenses. A retired photographer who sells Trump merchandise to make ends meet. For decades, social inequity has been growing in the United States. Using official statistics and facts about social inequity and racism, this film tells the stories of those who cannot afford to dream the American dream.

CLOSE UP is an annual educational project of the department of television journalism at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Students travel abroad to create their own news reports and features. In February 2020 this year’s class filmed six news reports in Washington, DC on climate policy, racism, drug abuse, poverty, and the upcoming presidential election.

    • Duration: 22 Min.

Meet the director


Felix Länge

Born in Erfurt, Germany, in 1994, Felix Länge grew up in the town of Schwäbisch Gmünd. An apprenticeship at Emenes GmbH gave him post-production experience as an editor, visual-effects artist, and colorist. Since 2016 he has been studying documentary film and television journalism at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). He has already made his first medium-length documentary films.


Director of Photography: Felix Länge
Film Editor: Felix Länge
Production Company: Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich