In Free Fall

Germany 2010, Documentary, 32’ | Director, Screenplay Hito Steyerl | DoP Kevan Jenson, Christoph Manz | Editor, Sound Christóvão dos Reis | Production Collective Gallery, Picture This, Gisenhale Gallery | Distribution sixpack film

An aeroplane scrapyard somewhere in the Californian desert. Its most lucrative source of income is being hired out as a film location. The statements of the owner and a commentary on Sergej Tretyakov’s »Biography of the Object« weave through a film that is also open to other media formats such as laptop collages, song lyrics and performances. In Free Fall takes a plane pile-up as a metaphor for the financial crash and thus creates widely ramified and absurd connections between the aerospace industry, the military, recycling, cinema, digitalisation and the DVD market.


HITO STEYERL was born 1966 in Munich. From 1987 to 1990, she studied cinematography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Tokyo, Japan. From 1992 to 1998, she studied documentary film-making at the University of Television and Film Munich. Today, she works as a journalist and author, takes part at exhibitions and gives guest talks.


Films by Hito Steyerl (Selection)
Lovely Andrea 2007 | November 2004 | Normalität 1-10 1999/2001 | Die leere Mitte 1998 | Babenhausen 1997 | Land des Lächelns 1996 | Deutschland und das Ich 1994



Hito Steyerl
Documentary, Short Film