The Fight About the Donkey's Shadow
(Der Streit um des Esels Schatten)
Der Streit um des Esels Schatten © DEFA-Stiftung, Dieter Jaeger
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The philosopher Democritus has a toothache, so a dentist from ancient Abdera sets off for his house. En route, he gets into a fight with a donkey driver, who demands payment because Abdera rested in his donkey's shadow. Eventually all of Abdera gets caught up in the conflict. Just when the city is seconds away from having a civil war, Democritus's apprentice Leander shows up to ease the city's tensions with a gift.