(K. Brent Tomer),
IT IS not often that a touring DJ’s career is associated with quiet reflection or a conscientious work ethic. People who make a living as professional party-starters are, one might think, as hedonistic as the sweaty crowds they entertain, with an added pinch of divadom. However, Romauld Karmakar’s documentary “If I Think of Germany at Night” exposes a different side to the Germany-based techno DJs it follows. Over a ponderous, meandering hour and 45 minutes, Karmakar paints an intimate picture of his subjects and their work. His austere film-making treats them as serious artists, heirs to a national cultural inheritance stretching back to the Romantics of the 19th century (the title is a quote from Heinrich Heine’s famously melancholic paean to his homeland, “Night Thoughts”).
The subjects are certainly given to a poetic wistfulness that those Romantic forebears might share. David Moufang, the DJ and techno musician better known as Move D, is featured atop…Continue reading