An African Bayreuth, an opera in Africa? Despite his illness, Christoph Schlingensief repeatedly traveled to Africa to start his most important project: an opera village in Burkina Faso, a space where life and art belong together. The crackle of time tells the story of a seemingly impossible project, from the search for the right place in May 2009 to the school opening in October 2011. The documentary accompanies Schlingensief up close and makes his vision and his struggle for the project tangible. In August 2010 Christoph Schlingensief dies, his dream lives on. A film by Sibylle Dahrendorf with Christoph Schlingensief, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Aino Laberenz, the Via Intolleranza – Ensemble and other comrades.