A Human Rights Film Project - Cross Artform Format

Confronting Contemporary & Future

Film | Installation | Expanded Cinema | Germany | 2018 - ongoing|

currently 81 min.

I wanted to live - bild poster komprimie

"I wanted to live" is an up-to-the-minute cinematic challenge, which is related to the documented death of more than 35,597 refugees and migrants, who have lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993. It is a new approach to adapt data for the cinema screen, as well as in an installation context for art galleries, museums, schools, church-walls, and other mobile projection. And by that to investigate the potentialities of cinema as a room for memorial, reflection and later, followed consequently by a clearer political attitude. Putting strong emphasis on the respect for the dead this silent work serves as digital memorial.

Produced & directed by Christian Alexander Rogler, co-produced by Greta Amend, this work is supposed to prove that every private person is able to do something for human rights and peaceful coexistence, even by simple means, and to encourage others to do the same.


The film aims to raise awareness on this issue throughout Europe and to animate audiences and politicians to reconsider European immigration policies in order to develop a human vision on migration. The sheer number of deaths documented in "I wanted to live" is powerful in itself, yet each individual casualty must not get lost in statistics. The human dimension is what makes the words projected on the screen so potent; by giving attention to the very real challenges, struggles and suffering that migrants face, it helps the target audience to relate to and engage with the situation.


It is at the same time a innnovative approach to cinema itself. "I wanted to live"is the first film ever using and consisting solely of a data stream worldwide.

Screenings & Exhibitions 2021:

Screenings & Exhibitions 2020:


Screenings & Exhibitions 2019:

  • Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, Sept. 19

  • Videoart Festival Berlin, Sept. 19

  • This human world - Internatonal Human Rights Film Festival Vienna, Nov. 19

  • Karama Film Festival, Jordan 2019 - 12-hour-screening at the Royal Cultural Center, Amman,  Dec. 2019

  • Galerie Gesellschaft, Berlin Mitte, Sept. 19 

I wanted to live Film Screenshot