Young people are allowed to vote – but have no say? In Gemma Richard? (Let's Go Richard), young people rap, perform and dance in "their" parks against the limitations that are imposed upon them in public space and within the scope of their lives.
Parks are those public spaces where many young people primarily spend their free time, such as the Richard-Wagner-Park located in Ottakring. There, however, young people are repeatedly confronted with rules and prohibitions and run into conflicts with the police or nearby residents.
In Gemma Richard? (Let's Go Richard), young people who know these parks like the back of their hand deal with the restrictions that have been enforced upon them – true to the motto: "Diri harmonia nai mrni harmonia." (Romani for "Your harmony is not my harmony.") They grab the microphone and turn the tables: They make clear what is really happening in the supposed "ghetto parks" – straight statements from young people that are in the middle of everything when trouble is brewing once again at Yppenpark, Richard-Wagner-Park or in Huber-Park.
The young people confront the neighborhood, the police, politicians and themselves with the limitations that they encounter within the realm of public space and throughout their lives. Using self-written songs and rap lyrics, they express their perception of themselves and others, racism and drug policy. Already in the run-up, by means of video messages, they provide for a heated discussion on the topic of unemployment and gender models.
The Richard-Wagner-Park forms the stage for rap and dance performances, while scenes from other parks are transmitted via a video feed. In conclusion, to the sound of hip beats, the grill is fired up and prejudices go up in smoke over the glowing coal briquettes.
Well, dear neighborhood residents: At home, it's going to get loud – pack a picnic blanket and your grandma!