The Murderers are Among Us
Die Mörder sind unter uns
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film

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Rotation
The story of an apolitical working-class family that nevertheless gets drawn into collusion with Nazi policies. Rotation was awarded the Golden Leopard at the 1954 Locarno Film Festival and is ranked by film critics as one of Germany's 100 Most Important Films. Rotation portrays a German family and its support…
A Berlin Romance - Eine Berliner Romanze
Mid-1950s Berlin, before the building of the Wall. Uschi, a salesgirl and aspiring fashion model from the East, is attracted to Hans, from the West. But she also loves the bright shop windows in his part of the city. The flashiness of this new world soon evaporates, however, when Hans…
Time of the Storks - Zeit der Störche
Susanne and Wolfgang have a harmonious relationship. But when Susanne meets Christian, she is attracted to his restless energy, and they fall for each other. Although she decides to end the affair after spending an intense week together, the experience has left deep marks on both of them. Susanne returns…
Just Married - Grüne Hochzeit 
Susanne (17) and Robert (18) want to get married, but because Susanne is still under-aged, she needs parental permission. With twin babies and tight finances, the newlyweds soon feel overwhelmed, and dealing with everything makes them forget the love that originally brought them together. In this sequel to his box-office…
The Story of a Young Couple - Roman Einer Jungen Ehe
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
A young couple - both actors - live and work in Berlin before the Wall is built. Agnes is on location in East Berlin, and her husband Jochen works at the Westend Theater in West Berlin. They hold diametrically opposed views on politics, art and the role of the individual…
Too Young for Love - Für die Liebe noch zu mager
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Susanne is 18 years old. Everybody appreciates her work in the textile company; but nobody, including Lutz, whom she is in love with, takes note of her as a woman. She feels she must make a change. With popular rock music of the '70s, by Hungarian musician Zsuzsa Koncz and…
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…
Germans and Jews
Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories…
Berlin - Schönhauser Corner - Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser
They are East Berlin teenagers. They want to be free - to dance to rock'n'roll, trade forbidden western goods and get away from the constraints of their parents and the state. This classic 1950's teen cult film became a box-office hit and was greeted with suspicion by East German officials.…
Newsreels 1946-1980 - Augenzeugen 1946-1980
This 32-part playlist of newsreels gives a glimpse of what life was like in post-World War II Germany.
The Bicycle - Das Fahrrad
Susanne is a young, single mother who lives a somewhat alternative, unstructured lifestyle. After quitting her job, she finds herself in trouble financially and attempts a minor insurance fraud to make ends meet. Despite its rare view of everyday socialism from a woman's perspective, East German officials were critical of…
Jamaica Inn
Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, a young woman discovers her uncle heads a gang of ship-wreckers and murderers under the secret patronage of the local squire. Her efforts to stop their wicked ways leads her down a path filled with murder and betrayal. JAMAICA INN was the…