Measures of Men

Measures of Men

Direction: Lars Kraume


Germany, 2023
116 Min.

My private war Tipping Point

zero one film in Coproduction with STUDIOCANAL, Akzente Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Wunderwerk and ZDF/ARTE.
Funded by Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Deutscher Filmförderfonds..

World Distribution: Picture Tree International

World Premiere: 22. Februar 2023, Berlinale
Cinema premiere: 23. März 2023



Berlin at the end of the 19th Century. Alexander Hoffmann is an ambitious PhD student of Ethnology. When a delegation of the Herero and Nama tribes travels to Berlin during a ‘Colonial Exhibition’, he takes a special interest in their young female translator Kezia Kambazembi as subject for his studies. Impressed by her intellect, he begins to question the common racial theories of white supremacy, whilst the delegation fails in their attempt to negotiate for better conditions with the German Kaiser and returns to Namibia, where the political tensions are growing worse over time and culminate in the Herrero uprising and brutal retaliations of the German imperial army. In this tense atmosphere, Hoffmann eagerly joins an ethnological expedition under the army’s protection to gather scientifically ‘valuable’ artefacts, whilst trying to collect further proof for his progressive theories and to find Kezia. Hoffmann experiences the brutality of war and the massacres among the local population. Slowly he begins to lose his moral compass with his ambitions depending on the promotion by the opportunistic and deeply racist professor von Waldstätten. When he finally encounters the brutalized Kezia in a concentration camp, he can neither face her nor himself. Hoffmann achieves his career goals by denying his true beliefs and chooses not to speak out against the common theory of white supremacy that will soon contribute to an even darker chapter in German history.


Leonard Scheicher, Girley Charlene Jazama, Peter Simonischek, Corinna Kirchhoff, Anton Paulus, Leo Meier, Sven Schelker, Max Koch, Ludger Bökelmann, Alexander Radszun, Michael Schenk, Tilo Werner

Director Lars Kraume
Screenplay Lars Kraume
Cinematography Jens Harant
Editing  Peter R. Adam
Music Christoph M. Kaiser, Julian Maas
Sound Stefan Soltau
Production Design Sebastian Soukup
Costumes Esther Walz
Make-Up Ayten Morgenstern
Casting  Nessie Nesslauer
Assistant Director Kai Siggelkow
Production Managers  Holger Härtl, Melanie Berke
Producer Thomas Kufus