Freedom instead of coercion:
World première of the „PatVerfue“ video with Nina Hagen

The ci­ne­ma Mo­vie­men­to in Ber­lin is burs­t­ing at the seams.

Mo­re than 200 peop­le have co­me to the world pre­miè­re of the Pat­Ver­fue ci­ne­ma com­mer­cial hos­ted by the As­so­cia­ti­on of Psych­iatric Sur­vi­vors of Ber­lin and Bran­den­burg on Tu­es­day night (01/31/2012). Among the mo­vie­go­e­rs is, as an­noun­ced, the in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly known star, Ni­na Ha­gen. Sur­roun­ded by ca­me­ras, she eager­ly awaits to see for the first time on the big screen the Pat­Ver­fue com­mer­cial, in which she herself play­ed a ma­jor ro­le.

Ni­na Ha­gen sur­pri­sed the au­di­ence with a hu­ge bush of cur­ly hair crow­ned by a bright red lac­que­red cap with the mes­sa­ge of the Pat­Ver­fue:

In­sa­ne? Your own choice!

So the sin­ger and ac­tress reve­als at first glance what it is all about he­re: the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­ti­on. Each ye­ar mo­re than 200,000 peop­le in Ger­ma­ny are for­ci­b­ly de­tai­ned in psych­iatric hos­pi­tals and gi­ven com­pul­so­ry tre­at­ment for al­le­ged „the­ra­peu­tic“ re­a­sons as a re­sult of ar­bi­tra­ry psych­iatric „dia­gno­ses“. Fur­ther­mo­re, in Ger­ma­ny the­re are cur­r­ent­ly over 1.2 mil­li­on peop­le who are de­pri­ved of their rights to self-de­ter­mi­na­ti­on by a court-or­de­red „cus­to­di­anship“. De­s­pi­te this se­rious vio­la­ti­on of hu­man rights and di­gni­ty which, ac­cord­ing to the UN Con­ven­ti­on on the Rights of Per­sons with Disa­bi­li­ties, is a crime, the num­ber of as­s­aults is still in­cre­a­sing.

Hu­man di­gni­ty is in­viol­ab­le? That is now the ca­se: With the Pat­Ver­fue!

For 62 ye­ars the con­sti­tu­ti­on was in for­ce but on­ly in the last ye­ar the Ger­man Su­pre­me Court re­co­gni­zed that the tor­tu­re-li­ke com­pul­so­ry tre­at­ment ex­pe­ri­en­ced by the vic­tims of psych­ia­try are in­com­pa­ti­ble with fun­da­men­tal rights - which are them­sel­ves hu­man rights“ says Re­né Tal­bot from the As­so­cia­ti­on of Psych­ia­try Sur­vi­vors Ber­lin-Bran­den­burg. At the be­gin­ning of his in­tro­duc­to­ry speech he ex­p­lains to the au­di­ence the histo­ry of the Pat­Ver­fue, the cle­ver ad­van­ce di­rec­ti­ve.

The Pat­Ver­fue uses the pos­si­bi­li­ty to for­bid in ad­van­ce me­di­cal ex­ami­na­ti­ons as ex­press­ly al­lo­wed in the 2009 law on ad­van­ce di­rec­ti­ves. By pre­ven­ting un­wan­ted psych­iatric dia­gno­ses, the trap­door to psych­iatric de­pri­va­ti­on of rights as well as hu­mi­lia­ti­on and ab­u­se, is le­gal­ly clo­sed.

Yet few know about this „glo­bal re­vo­lu­tio­na­ry“ op­por­tu­ni­ty to pro­tect on­eself from im­pr­i­son­ment, as­s­ault and tor­tu­re by co­er­ci­ve psych­ia­try using the free, one-pa­ged PAD: the Pat­Ver­fue. That is the re­a­son for this broad-ba­sed cam­pai­gn to in­form ci­ti­zens about their rights, star­ting with the pre­miè­re of a com­mer­cial.

Dim the lights, roll the film!

Ex­ci­te­ment, shock, re­li­ef - the ne­ar­ly two mi­nu­te non-pro­fit com­mer­cial puts the au­di­ence at the pre­miè­re in a rol­ler-coas­ter of emo­ti­ons. When in the com­mer­cial the nu­de cou­p­le dan­cing in the street is for­ci­b­ly led away by the po­li­ce and co­er­ced in­to psych­iatric tre­at­ment, outra­ge spreads in the au­di­ence. But then the film rewinds and sud­den­ly, thanks to the Pat­Ver­fue, it has a hap­py en­ding: with the com­ment „Next time put on so­me un­der­we­ar, OK?“ the po­li­ce­man lea­ves the sce­ne, pro­vi­ding for spon­ta­ne­ous cheers and ap­plau­se. All tho­se in­vol­ved in crea­ting the com­mer­cial, the ac­tors and the crew of the film pro­du­cer, then co­me on­to the sta­ge and are al­so warm­ly ap­plau­ded. This com­mer­cial was spon­so­red by „Ak­ti­on Mensch“ and ma­de on be­half of the As­so­cia­ti­on of Psych­ia­try Sur­vi­vors Ber­lin-Bran­den­burg.

While all par­ti­ci­pants re­cei­ve a bou­quet of flowers, Ni­na Ha­gen reaches for her gui­tar and sings the song „Er­mu­ti­gung“ („En­cou­ra­ge­ment“) by Wolf Bier­mann, this being the ap­pro­pria­te mu­sic for the evening.

Übergabe der Urkunde an Nina Hagen

Ni­na Ha­gen is the pa­tro­ness of the Pat­Ver­fue

Ni­na Ha­gen, who is not on­ly a wit­ness to se­rious hu­man rights vio­la­ti­ons as an ac­tress in the com­mer­cial, but al­so pri­va­te­ly has friends who we­re „for­ci­b­ly ab­u­sed by psych­ia­trists,“ no­ted that „it was a very per­so­nal mat­ter to point out that the­re is now a new law and that peop­le can pro­tect them­sel­ves with the Pat­Ver­fue against the en­croach­ments of the psy­cho-in­dus­try!“ Be­fo­re the as­sem­bled au­di­ence at the pre­miè­re, with the ce­re­mo­ni­al pre­sen­ta­ti­on of a cer­ti­fi­ca­te in XXL si­ze, Ni­na Ha­gen is of­fi­cial­ly na­med as pa­tro­ness of the Pat­Ver­fue. She ex­pres­ses her thanks with a song and ad­mits: „I had goo­se bumps when I saw the com­mer­cial, and over and over again whenever I see it.“ Be­cau­se twice as ma­ny vi­si­tors ca­me as could fit in­to the au­di­to­ri­um, the com­mer­cial is un­ce­re­mo­nious­ly shown again for an­yo­ne who had to re­main out­side du­ring the first scree­ning.

Short­ly the­re­af­ter the pre­miè­re of the com­mer­cial is al­so an­noun­ced on the new Pat­Ver­fue web­site, and the­re ever­yo­ne can watch it as of­ten as they want*. On 5 Fe­bru­a­ry in a ci­ne­ma in Bo­chum a se­cond pre­lude was ce­le­bra­ted and it is now shown in over 50 ci­ne­mas in Ger­ma­ny.


* This You­tube vi­deo al­rea­dy has sub­tit­les in: Eng­lish, French, He­brew, Dut­ch, Po­lish, Spa­nish, Hun­ga­ri­an. To view the sub­tit­les, plea­se click on the „CC“ but­ton on the con­trol bar be­low the vi­deo, see he­re mar­ked with a red cir­cle:

In ca­se your lan­guage is not in­clu­ded, see the trans­la­ting op­ti­on at the top of the sub­tit­le lan­guage list. Of cour­se we wel­co­me a cor­rect trans­la­ti­on of any new lan­guages, as­suming it is your mo­ther tongue.