During the production tensions and arguments arise again and again.
At first, ARD and WDR decide to postpone the broadcast several times: instead of spring at a prime time, now it is postponed to May. Then from May to 7th July – to be broadcast during the time of the Football World Cup in Brazil. New time for the broadcast: 11.30pm
Meanwhile Tim van BEVEREN feels excluded from all internal communication of WDR. He travels to Cologne several times at his own expense, in order to not be left out completely. According to the new plans, all outstanding interviews will be conducted primarily by Dr. Roman STUMPF, the new or now, sole "author" of the WDR documentary.
Normally, so-called „concept discussions“ are held with the editors and authors involved before the editing begins. The aim is to clarify - very roughly - the direction which the finished piece should take, how research results should be weighted, what dramaturgy the film should follow and how the station should position itself in terms of content.
This production is different. Tim van BEVEREN's colleague, who - without BEVEREN knowing this - is supposedly the sole author, has no time for this. And there is only one conversation between the two: on a hotel balcony in Cologne.
The result: the documentary is divided, each one has to put his own part together. Tim van BEVEREN's editing will differ from that of his 'colleague' due to the abundance of material he has. But STUMPF hasn't even seen all the material yet.
So it happens that WDR editor-in-chief Sonja MIKISCH is 'not amused' when the film is accepted at the beginning of June - she obviously expected more. Jo ANGERER, on the other hand, agrees.
Tim van BEVEREN, who cannot defend himself, is also not happy - he has journalistic problems with the current version, which is divided into two parts. He dislikes for example, the exaggerated portrayal of the injured as 'victims'. He sees them as being „affected“ , many of whom are committed to clarifying the problem. And he misses the essential investigative elements from the research, some of which were passed on to him by insiders at high personal risks. He thinks that in the current documentary version many things are too ‚watered down’.
Thus Tim van BEVEREN offers WDR a "rough cut", i.e. a preview of another, more poignant version of the film - a version which, from his point of view, reflects the events in a more exciting and authentic way. Jo ANGERER rejects, and forbids him to edit the material at the same time. And this, although van BEVEREN is at least still officially the "author". According to WDR’s information given to Lufthansa, van BEVEREN is still an "expert co-author". After all, Tim van BEVEREN shot significant parts with his own camera and thus also owns the rights to the material.