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A train journey from Berlin to Jüterbog in 1991. The documentation traces the first changes in East Germany shortly after the fall of communism by means of conversations with travellers and views from the train window. Instead of departing painful hourzero in a country that does not know what is happening to him. In 1991, the director took the slow train from Berlin to Jüterbog, with Friedrich Schorlemmer's words of 4 November 1989 in his ear: Stagnation was now over, one experienced breathtaking changes. The film traces these changes in everyday life in East Germany in conversations with travellers and looks out of the train window. The view of the people in the train is complemented by moments from the environment they travel through. With a ruthlessly clear view, the director registers the state of affairs - instead of setting off, a painful zero hour in a country that does not know what is happening to it. KF
The East Berlin politician Wolfgang Thierse and the West German writer Günter Grass meet in 1992 in front of the camera to talk. They are friends and are looking together for answers and explanations for explosive tensions during the period of German reunification. It is about the challenge of being a politician with integrity and effectiveness, about damages and deficits. The file archive of the State Security of the GDR had just been opened for those affected - how can one now deal with the injuries, the resentment and the guilt? "As an East German I have the need that we not only bring this shit stasi baggage with us to Germany, but also the honest and serious attempt to face this history. And I don't want anyone to represent me in that, a West German. That's our thing, and by doing that, we also regain dignity and self-confidence." (W. Thierse, 1992). KF
In 1990, Tamara Trampe and Johann Feindt were the first ever to get a Stasi officer and lecturer for operative psychology on camera and to reveal his socialisation, his motives and arguments. He was interested in people, he says, wanted to make it more "humane". And not a word of regret. In a heated round of discussions in 1990, Stasi officer Jochen Girke gets up and complains that nobody would talk to them. Trampe and Feindt take him at his word and talk to him in front of the camera for a good year. As a doctor of psychology, he taught the subject "operative psychology" to interrogators, prison psychologists and senior officers and thus had a great influence on the methodology of state security. The filmmakers shed light on his private and professional life, talk to people from his environment and try to trace the turning points of his life, his socialisation, his thinking. He repeats like a prayer wheel that he was interested in a more humanistic approach, that he had achieved a lot. However, he cannot or will not see that the methods have above all become more subtle and perfidious, and that the investigative work has essentially been based on the organisation and enforcement of treason. A unique, insightful document on the phenomenon of betrayal. KF
Audrius Stonys, another filmmaker of the "Break-Generation", created with "The Earth of the Blind" the manifesto of this new documentary film movement which gained international recognition. His film was awarded both in Lithuania and abroad and in 1992 won the European Film Prize Felix for the best European documentary film. Stonys was a student of the documentary filmmaker Henrikas Šablevičius, whose influence can be felt here. "The Earth of the Blind" integrates the "silent" aesthetics and the new protagonists of the young documentary generation into the visual poetics of their predecessors.
Drums on sheet metal 4 short films Donald Saischowa The Cottbus artist Donald Saischowa sketches the subcultural music scene of the GDR and the post-reunification period with a Super-8 camera. In this way he portrays the Forum k youth club and artists he has befriended. A must for all rock and free jazz fans! London's street life in black and white, glances and sounds, surprising observations and jazzy rhythms - a poetic encounter with the foreign, your favourite local music in your luggage. East meets West.
Former state security officers find themselves on different sides after the fall of communism. A policeman fights his corrupt ex-colleagues, and as his friend turns out to be a criminal, he goes crazy. In the good old days, Franz Maurer and his colleagues from the State Security Service lived like kings. But after the fall of communism they lost their status and privileges and have to reorient themselves in a democratically governed Poland. Franz Maurer, for example, fights a Mafiaclique as a simple policeman. This one, in turn, is made up of many of his ex-colleagues. When his friend turns out to be a criminal as well, Franz runs amok... A lot of action and at the same time a fitting social image of Poland at the beginning of the 1990s. CR
The young director Kai comes to a small town theatre where he wants to stage Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" - a critical play in which people wait for something that never happens. But the overwhelming political situation constantly disturbs the rehearsals. Finally, the wall falls. Feature film debut by Andreas Dresen about the fall of communism in the province. The young director Kai comes to a small town theatre. In the autumn of 1989 he wanted to stage "Waiting for Godot" - an explosive play in which people were waiting for something that would never happen. However, the political situation is constantly disturbing the work. The concept has to be constantly updated and the actors are now rehearsing the uprising. Finally, the wall falls. The cinema debut of Andreas Dresen shows the turning point in the province. The film explores the boundaries between cowardice and courage. A small town theatre transforms into a world stage for moments. KE
During her grandfather's holidays, Christine finds a fluffy little cloud sheep that has been pushed to the ground. The tender creature cannot survive there. Christine is looking for allies to bring it back to heaven. Christine loves to roam the meadows with her grandfather and watch the sky. One day she finds a fluffy cloud sheep that has been pushed to the ground by a black cloud of smoke. But the tender creature cannot survive there and so the girl tries to bring it back to the other clouds. On the basis of a children's book by Fred Rodrian, Rolf Losansky once again tied in with his numerous DEFA works with which he encouraged children to trust in the power of their imagination. KDF