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Coming Out
Although he has a girlfriend who is expecting his child, Philipp, a young teacher in Berlin, meets Matthias and falls in love. After years of repressing his homosexuality, he must finally accept himself for who he truly is. The first…
The Architects - Die Architekten
Filmed as the GDR crumbled, this somber, finely drawn portrait of life in East Berlin depicts a young architect whose life and goals are strangled by communist dogma represented by the older generation. One of the first fiction films to…
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Winter Ade - Winter Ade
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Shortly before GDR's collapse, Helke Misselwitz traveled by train from one end of the country to the other interviewing East German women of different ages and backgrounds. In this documentary masterpiece, women reveal their personal and professional frustrations, hopes and…
The Wall - Die Mauer
A poetic and enigmatic documentary by painter and filmmaker Jurgen Bottcher, who relies on sight and sound to contemplate the Berlin Wall's historic and symbolic significance. Part of the series WENDE FLICKS: Last Films from East Germany . This unconventional…
Animation Before Unification - DEFA Animation Nr. 1 / Ohne Worte
By the time the DEFA Studio for Animation Film closed in 1992, it had produced more than 800 shorts in a wide variety of styles and techniques. The 16 animation films included in this collection were directed by 8 different…
16 videos
The Land Beyond the Rainbow - Das Land Hinter Dem Regenbogen
This harsh, yet poetic critique of Stalinism in East Germany centers on the mythical village of Stalina in 1953. The villagers legitimize injustice by glorifying "real existing socialism" ... at the same time as they experience their own destruction by…
whisper & SHOUT - flüstern & SCHREIEN
This film documents important parts of the East German rock music scene of the late 1980s, from well-established bands like_Silly_, to underground rock bands like Feeling B. This road movie features young people using music to express their take on…
The Mistake - Die Verfehlung
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
It is 1988. Jacob (Gottfried John), from Hamburg in West Germany, falls in love with Elisabeth (Angelica Domrose) in East Germany. When they secretly meet in East Berlin, it seems the Stasi (secret police) know about it. When Jacob visits…
Herzsprung - Herzsprung
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
In the little town of Herzsprung almost nothing has changed since German unification - except a rise in unemployment. Johanna, a young mother and widow, becomes one of the unemployed and lives on welfare. To make matters worse, her husband…
Leipzig in the Fall - Leipzig im Herbst
The most comprehensive documentation of events surrounding the 1989 Monday demonstrations in Leipzig, the centerpiece of the citizens' movement that led to the fall of the Wall. The film includes interviews with demonstrators, members of the citizens' rights movement, officials…
2 videos
Latest from the Da-Da-R - Letztes aus der DaDaeR
In a loose set of cabaret pieces, Steffen Mensching and Hans-Eckardt Wenzel - highly acclaimed East German poets, songwriters and clowns - satirize East German life in its final days and the arrival of new times after the fall of…
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Jana and Jan - Jana und Jan
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Fall 1989: Jan is almost 16. Caught while trying to escape to West Germany, he is transferred from prison to a juvenile detention center. Here, he meets Jana ... and what starts as a bet, becomes true love. When Jana…
Miraculi - Miraculi
A group of young people draws straws to see who'll steal some cigarettes. With this theft, Sebastian starts a bizarre, symbolic odyssey through a sclerotic world, in search of himself and of truth and justice. When he tries withdrawing from…
La Villette - La Villette
Only two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in January 1990, almost two hundred controversial East German visual and performance artists, including Jurgen Bottcher, the Autoperforation Artists, Via Lewandowsky, Trak Wendisch, Conny Hege, Klaus Killisch, Helga Paris and…