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After the end of life, man enters the sphere of eternity - memories mix with the unpredictable. Other people, animals and mythical creatures emerge and merge into a unity. Ishu Patel describes the metamorphoses of this transcendental space in intensively shimmering plastic images and lends the beyond its own beauty. Duscha Kistler
While people travel to work in the (East) Berlin subway, injured Nicaraguan Sandinists are treated in a nearby hospital and prepared for a life with sometimes severe disabilities. The childlike faces stand in stark contrast to the sober, objective descriptions of fighting and terrible experiences and losses. A document that is oppressive from today's point of view, perhaps also because of the lack of distance to the practice of children fighting in war. Above all, however, it makes clear how high the price was that the peoples of Latin America were prepared to pay for their freedom - which is also expressed in the title reference to Neruda. - Grit Lemke Leipzig 1979 "Prize of the Minister of Culture of the GDR".
A DEFA children's film classic: Nine-year-old George lives with his family in North America. One day he is kidnapped by Iroquois; they give him the name Bluebird. Gradually he learns the rituals of the Indians and is torn between the two cultures ...Recommended from 8 years. The 9-year-old George, a British settler boy, is kidnapped by Iroquois and from now on grows up with the Indian people. As a blue bird he becomes a figure of identification for the viewer; from his point of view he gets to know the culture of the Indians, which is depicted close to reality, is emotionally drawn into his conflict between the different forms of life and can finally examine himself with regard to his own view of the world. With BLAUVOGEL, one of the most creative and unconventional DEFA directors has created a timelessly remarkable Indian film.
A young man and a young woman would like to be together, but are hurrying in the wrong direction out of risk aversion. The film music for the parable comes from the renowned theatre, film and television composer Bernd Wefelmeyer, who regularly worked for the DEFA studio. Nadja Rademacher
Otto René Castillo, who is still revered as the most important poet in his native Guatemala, studied literature in exile in Leipzig from 1959 to 1962 before going to DEFA to devote himself to the medium of film. He returned in 1963, joined the guerrillas and was cruelly killed by the Guatemalan army in 1967. Years later, his former colleague Karlheinz Mund went on a search for clues in Guatemala and the GDR. Fragmented, from memories of his companions, women and colleagues, from poems and letters, the image of a person is composed who could not bear "only to talk when others die". An image that must remain incomplete. Mund and the writer Fritz Rudolf Fries, who wrote the commentary, are questioners, and behind the reflection on an uncompromising artist and friend stands the unspoken realization of one's own failure in a country that has established itself in mediocrity. The name Castillo is fatefully associated with this festival: In 1961, Otto René Castillo was a member of the jury of the Leipzig "Documentary and Short Film Week" (which Cuban director Octavio Cortázar remembers in the film), which probably prompted him to join DEFA. In 1983 his son, Patrice Castillo, who still lives in Leipzig today, was one of those youths who, as part of the GDR peace movement, organised the legendary "candle demonstration" during the festival, who were brutally arrested and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. - Grit Lemke
The veterinary academy in Kaunas is the focus of this early film by Edmundas Zubavičius, one of Lithuania's most productive documentary filmmakers. The observation of everyday life in the institution reveals the longing for human participation - almost as if one were speaking a prayer. The poetic cinematographic language emphasizes the ingenious connections between image and sound, while realistic sequences of scenes invite us to reflect on the connection between man and nature.