Black Sheriffs
director   Axel Engstfeld
camera Bernd Mosblech, Achim Schäfer
sound Tom Greenman
editor   Jean-Marc Lesguillons
length   43 Minuten
format 16mm
broadcasted 1984 ARD / RB
awards German Camera Award
Packing a 38-caliber Smith & Wesson, rubber billyclub, and teargas they belong to the streets of Munich. They patrol the old Olympic stadium grounds and the subway, but also the access to closed psychiatric wards and nuclear power plants. The "Black Sheriffs", as members of the "Civilian Security Service" call themselves, are Germany's largest and most notorious private security unit. The film records their combat training and missions. The camera catches a portrait of this unique paramilitary unit, taking the viewer into the innermost circles of the organization.

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