„He was such a nice guy.“
„ I never thought something so awful would happen in our town.“
These are the typical quotes we hear whenever a serious crime is shown on the news. We all know there are bad people out there, we just don‘t expect them to live next door. It is a disturbing feeling to realize one has been fooled by a friendly facade. The betrayal however, is always twofold. For first, someone has betrayed our trust, lied to us. But what‘s worse, our mind has betrayed us as well. We rely on our ability to tell truth from lie, for we depend on it to navigate our world. But how can we trust others, when we can‘t even trust our own judgement?
„Zum Metzger muss man geboren sein“ tells a fictional murder story, set in the German Wirtschaftwunder-era of the 60ies. Compiled from found footage, it is an exploration of the slow deterioation of perceived truth, trying to recreate that paranoid feeling when one realizes things are not what they seemed to be. It is also an examination of our mental process of judging someone, what it takes for us to consider a story as true, and the way we respond to the authority of media.