Hiphop – Made in Germany

  • Beyond Earth
  • Innsbruck Nature Film
  • List Title
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A look at German history and music history through the lens of hiphop.




4 x 45 min


Anne Breer, Thorsten Ernst, Negar Ghalamzan, Christopher Kaufmann, Banu Kepenek, Onur Kepenek, Max Rainer, Nele Thumser


Moving from subculture to mainstream, from authenticity to commercialism, and from the charming town of Heidelberg to the bustling metropolises of Germany, German hiphop has undergone constant evolution over the past 40 years.


Since its inception, rap has been a consistent mirror reflecting and commenting on our society. Whether tackling issues like sexism, racism, antisemitism, or responding to major events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the current corona crisis, rap adapts, captures the spirit of the time, and offers critique that often sparks polarization.


The documentary series “Hiphop – Made in Germany” centers around the road movie concept. An iconic 1984 Mercedes-Benz takes on the role of our nostalgic setting, German history serves as our guiding navigation system, and the driving force behind our journey is the dynamic fabric of hip-hop culture.


Behind the wheel, a diverse mix of rap legends, newcomers, and scene icons traverse the landscape of hip-hop history. Simultaneously, they reflect on German history and their own personal narratives through the rear-view mirror.


Featuring prominent figures such as Eko Fresh, König Boris, Eunique, Liz, Smudo, Ebow, Denyo, Toni-L, Schwesta Ewa, Kitty Kat, T-Low, along with insights from Gregor Gysi, Michel Friedman, and others, the docu-series offers a captivating exploration of the intertwined narratives of German hip-hop and its cultural and historical context.


Directed by

Tuan Lam, Yves Simard


Peter Thompson, Alexander Campbell

Edited by

Oliver Szyza


Eike Hosenfeld, Ingo Ludwig Frenzel, Moritz Denis


Romanus Fuhrmann



Colour grading 

Christine Hiam


Maxim Romasevic, Henry Uhl

Expert advice by

Dr. Andreas Läufer, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
Dr. Klemens Pütz, Antarctic Research Trust
Prof. Dr. Angelika Brandt, Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Dr. Helena Herr, Universität Hamburg


Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Spencer Stoner

Archive and Research

Pepa Kistner, Julia Krampe, James Muir, Peter Thompson


Xavier Agudo


Rachel Antony

Production Management

Kathrin Isberner (GBF), Katharina Krohmann (ZDF)


Marita Hübinger

Editorial Assistant

Nicole Schmode

Executive Producer

Christian Beetz


A production by Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
In co-production with Greenstone TV
Produced for ZDF
In association with ARTE

Hiphop – Made in Germany
  • „Just in diesem Moment überraschen uns die aus dem Theaterbereich stammenden jungen Regisseure Hans Block und Moritz Riesewieck mit einem erstaunlichen Dokumentarfilm, der seit Monaten Publikum und Kritik auf den wichtigsten Festivals der Welt elektrisiert. Völlig zu Recht: Es ist, als würden einem die Scheuklappen weggerissen, als sähe man das, was sich seit Jahren direkt vor unseren Augen abspielt, zum ersten Mal unverschleiert... eine fesselnde ,Doku noir' mit höchstem Anspruch...Dieser Film müsste an allen Schulen gezeigt werden.“
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In co-production with

  • NDR
  • SWR

Funded by

  • Nordmedia

Produced for