PERSONA : PERSEVERANCE
PERSONA °1: HORST
Horst is an innkeeper with heart and soul – for almost 50 years he´s been running his pub 'Crazy Horst'. 76 years old, he´s deeply rooted in St. Pauli. With his cozy pub he created a place for night boozing and feeling at ease, a room for friends and strangers. Horst says that for him and his five barkeepers the pandemic is the worst crisis as of yet. Up until 2020 the pub closed only on one single day every year. Horst has spent more than half of his life in his pub. It´s the work of his lifetime and he´s waiting impatiently for the day his bar will once again be packed with the diverse Reeperbahn crowd long after midnight.
PERSONA °2: INNA
Inna has been a nurse for over 20 years. In this whole time nothing has hit her as hard as the pandemic – professionally and on a personal level. In April 2020 the single mother of two catches the virus herself. She is off sick for seven weeks. Her 9 and 12 year old children have to take care of their mother who can´t leave the bed, let alone be a mom. Inna's parents bring food for the family, leaving it on the terrace in safe distance. Since her recovery in the autumn of 2020 she has been working in the crowded Covid station of her hospital. So much concentrated suffering, so many struggles for survival – both won and lost – she hopes she will never see again.
PERSONA °3: JUDITH
When Judith was 12 years old she was diagnosed with Crohn´s disease – a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder. Meanwhile, the pain is so strong that the 26-year-old tax assistant can only work part-time. Judith is part of the Corona risk group and since the beginning of the pandemic she has lived in constant fear. She´s afraid to meet friends and family, to go shopping, even to leave the house – since an infection with Covid would probably lead to death due to her weakened body. Her boyfriend supplies her with groceries, he´s there for her and limits his own contacts as far as possible. He is her biggest support in times of complete isolation. In April of 2021 Judith received the redemptive first vaccine shot. It´s not a guaranty, but a first step: Out of the fear and back into a normal life.
PERSONA °4: ILLO
Illo was born in 1924 in Zossen, near Berlin. She survived the Second World War, but her family lost all their belongings, even twice. After getting married and giving birth to her daughter, Illo decides to follow her dream of being an actor. She performes in theaters in Kiel and Hannover – at her last performance she is already 85 years old. For a few years now, she has been living in the Albertinum senior residency. In April 2020 she is infected with Covid-19. She can´t leave her bed, starts hallucinating and her weight drops down to only 92 lbs. She is in a critical condition but a relocation to the hospital is no option for Illo. The doctors and her family fear the worst. After eight weeks Illo slowly fights her way back to life. This August she will be 97 years old.
PERSONA °5: DANIEL
Daniel is only 6 years old when he hits the stage for the first time. As a child of actors and artists he is raised with a passion for theater, music and the performing arts. Being an actor at the Ernst Deutsch Theater in Hamburg but also as lead singer of the band Kollektiv22, Daniel makes his living with art. The pandemic hits him and his family hard. His wife is also a freelancer artist, they have a 3-year-old son. The young couple has to apply for public support. When will a sold out theater be possible again, a lighthearted evening, a successful performance? Acting is more than a job for him – it´s his calling, a part of his family and his identity.
PERSONA °6: PATRIK
Pickpocketing, disorderly conduct, drunken riots – that´s the kind of transgressions Patrik is normally confronted with during his shifts. Since 2016 he has been a police officer in Hamburg at the St. Pauli district around the Reeperbahn. But his duties have changed a lot since March 2020. Instead of taming party tourists Patrik and his colleagues have to enforce the anti-corona measures. Reminding residents to wear a mask, pointing out the current alcohol ban – Patrik is always up to date about the ever-changing measures. His work is monotonous, often dull, but indispensable for containing the pandemic and bringing back normal life to the neighbourhood.
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