Sister cities Duisburg and Wuhan – Commonalities of different cities? Similar cities with differences?

Author Sonja Broy and Silvan Hagenbrock
Published September 2020
Location Duisburg

Twin towns Duisburg and Wuhan: Commonalities of different cities? Similar cities with differences? Exploring traces of history and the connections to China in the former steel city. A virtual-walk by Sonja Broy and Silvan Hagenbrock.

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About the filmmakers

  • Sonja Broy lives in Essen and works in different cities across the Ruhr area. Her projects are located at the interface between the architecture of urban areas, neighbourhood development, art, culture, project management and journalism.
  • Silvan graduated in Urbanistik at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with his documentary ADDIS ABABA – CHINESE NEW FLOWER on China’s investments in Ethiopia. His Master film ZEIT ZU GEHEN on the topic of a car-free future was produced at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts. Silvan is part of CITYMAKERS’ core-team since 2016. He is also an editor of Goethe-Institut China Online Magazine.


  • With: Heike Maus, Theo Steegmann, Susanne Löhr, Edeltraud Klaubuhn,
    Johannes Pflug
  • Translation: Frau LU Xiaoyan, Frau LIU Ping und Herrn HUO Weisong,
    Trina Broy
  • Supported by: Bosch Alumni Network, CITYMAKERS China-Europe,
    Stadt Duisburg, Konfuzius Institut, Deutsch-Chinesisches Mediennetzwerk e.V.


Sonja Broy
Silvan Hagenbrock
Heike Maus and Sonja Broy
Sonja Broy, Theo Steegmann and Heike Maus