All My Girls
Alle meine Mädchen
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film

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Destinies of Women - Frauenschicksale
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Berlin 1952, seven years after WWII. Four women are looking for a good man and happiness in the divided city. Their destinies are loosely connected through one person: the West Berlin dandy and womanizer, Conny. Released at the peak of East German cultural and political dogmatism, this film was heavily…
Reel Women in East German Film
The REEL WOMEN collection features films about women and/or made by female directors. Strong female roles reflecting socialist gender ideals and policies abound, such as in the filmic foundation myth, Castles and Cottages, In other films, such as A Berlin Romance, women are portrayed as susceptible to the consumer attractions…
To Life - À la vie
Helene, Lili and Rose met in Auschwitz, where the three twenty-year-old Jewish girls were deported. Thanks to German-speaking Dutch Lili, who was working in the camp kitchen, the two French girls survived. However, after the liberation of the camp, they lost touch. Lili went back to the Netherlands. Rose married…
Hockey Night
Lovingly restored and digitally remastered, HOCKEY NIGHT features Canadian icon Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables) as Cathy Yarrow, a confident and talented young athlete. Having moved to a small town, the bored and under-challenged Cathy straps on goalie pads and joins the boys' all-star hockey team--facing substantial criticism from…
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
In Potiche, it's 1977 and women's liberation is in the air but Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini). Pujol oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and & trophy housewife; When the…
Secret Society
Secret Society tells the story of Daisy, twenty years old and plump as a dumpling, and her adoring (and unemployed) husband Ken. Struggling financially, Daisy finds a job in a canning factory where she notices that her boss Marlene, radiant and heavy-set, grants special privileges to a group of equally…
Salt of the Earth
Banned at the time of its initial release and made by blacklisted filmmakers, this bold, radical film tells the story of Mexican-American workers who call a strike over the unsafe work conditions and unequal wages they receive in comparison to their white co-workers at a Zinc mine in New Mexico.…
Trace of Stones - Spur der Steine
Foreman Balla is the self-proclaimed king of a massive construction site. His co-workers stick close to him, like musketeers, as long as he makes sure they are paid. But things stop running smoothly when materials get scarce and two newcomers arrive on the site: Kati, a young engineer, and Werner…
Crime Of Love
A forgotten classic, Crime of Love is a story about two factory workers living in Northern Italy who form a romantic connection. The woman, torn between the freedoms of the North and her traditional Sicilian values, slowly allows herself to love, then marry, her co-worker. Soon after her wedding, she…
Gayby
Handsome Broadway actor Matthew Wilkas ("Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark") co-stars with the hilarious Jenn Harris as a gay guy named Matt and his straight best friend Jenn who decide to have a baby together -- the old-fashioned way! While yoga teacher Jenn copes with her co-workers (including her gay…
Carbide & Sorrel - Karbid und Sauerampfer
In the summer of 1945, Dresden factory workers send their colleague, Kalle, hundreds of miles north to pick up carbide, which is needed for welding jobs in their factory. His attempts to bring the supplies back through the Soviet occupation zone become a hilarious odyssey full of high jinks and…
The Woman and the Stranger - Die Frau und der Fremde
Karl and Richard, two German soldiers captured by the Russians in World War I, become very close friends--so close that Richard shares intimate stories about his wife, Anna. Through these stories, Karl falls in love with her in his thoughts. When Karl escapes and goes to Richard's home, Anna knows…