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Film series: The Basic Law

The foundation of our coexistence

On what values is our coexistence founded? What is the meaning of equal rights? Six explanatory films provide clear answers to these and other questions relating to the Basic Law in five different languages.

In each language version a presenter guides the viewer through the films and explains essential contents of the Basic Law, such as the equality of the sexes or the freedom of faith and the freedom to profess a religious or philosophical creed, in simple words illustrated by true-to-life scenarios. A series of concrete examples shows how these values can be lived in our personal everyday lives. Simple animations illustrate these examples in addition to the presenters’ explanations.

The film can also be downloaded in mp4 format in the below-mentioned language versions, and can be used by multipliers, by people working with refugees and in asylum social advice centres.

Please start the download by right clicking and selecting "Save video as".

Date 9 February 2018
Aufgeschlagenes Buch mit Paragraphenzeichen

9 February 2018 The Basic Law

The Basic Law has served as the Federal Republic of Germany’s "constitution" since 1949 and embodies the fundamental principles of the country’s law.

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Eine Waage mit einem Paragraphensymbol in der linken Waagschale steht vor einem Säulenhaus

9 February 2018 Prohibition of discrimination

Equality before the law means that everyone is treated according to the same prevailing laws. No-one may be discriminated against in court or in any other areas of life on account of their age, status, origin or faith, for example.

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Die Symbole für Frau und Mann kreisen gemeinsam ein Gleichheitszeichen ein, daneben stehen eine Frau und ein Mann auf einer Wippe

9 February 2018 Gender equality

Women and and men enjoy gender equality in Germany. This means that they have the same rights in all areas of life. It is stipulated in the Basic Law that the state must take action against any form of unequal treatment.

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Symbole für Radio, Fernseher, Zeitungen, Tablet und Notebook

9 February 2018 Freedom of expression

Everyone is free to express their opinions in Germany. The Basic Law protects the freedom of the press and the right to demonstrate, for example. Insults and incitements to hate are prohibited, however.

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Symbole für die fünf Weltreligionen leben einer brennenden Kerze

9 February 2018 Freedom of faith

Faith and religion are important to many people. The Basic Law establishes the freedom of faith and conscience and the freedom to profess a religious or philosophical creed. The state and religion are separate in Germany.

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Eine Frau mit einem Baby im Arm und ein Mann stehen vor einem Herzsymbol, das sich haltende Hände zeigt

9 February 2018 Protection of marriage and the family

Many different family and partnership models are commonplace in Germany. For single parents or homosexual couples with children alike, the Basic Law protects the non-violent upbringing of children and defines parents’ duties of care, irrespective of the individual family model.

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