Do you remember movies such as Beat Street (1984), Wild Style (1983) or Wholetrain (2006) and the documentary Style Wars (1983)? All these gave great insight into the world of modern graffiti, bombing, tagging and trainwriting. In early 2011, filmmakers Henrik Regel and Björn Birg stepped up with a new documentary, focussing strictly on the trainwriting culture of Germany’s capital. Unlike U shows the big quality and long tradition graffiti has on Berlin’s U-Bahn-trains.
Covering artists such as ABIS (B.A.D.), Foto Sven, 1UP Crew, POET, Wesp and many more, Unlike U shows the long background of Berlin’s underground culture, from the fall of the Berlin wall until the present day. It explains the motivation of spraying a whole train and portrays sprayers on their way around U-Bahn trains during the night, but also the work of special police unit Graffiti in Berlin (GIB) and their hunt for the people behind this so-called illegal art.
By now, Unlike U has created quite a stir, within and outside the scene. Berlin’s public transportation company BVG seem to have decided to stop circulation of the movie, by confronting the filmmakers with a cease and desist order. Just as the subculture the movie is covering, the 90 minute long documentary Unlike U is now streaming free for the time being.
Watch Unlike U as long as it lasts below.