Rise and Fall of the Wall – The Cinema of East Germany Retrospective
On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this retrospective will present films produced between 1946 and 1991, mostly by the East German state film studio, DEFA. This programme will bear witness to the diversity and abundance of talented women and men, filmmakers, depicting in different cinematic languages, free or censured, in propaganda and forbidden films, people living in a wounded country in a wounded territory. These documentaries, accompanied by some fiction films, needed to be rediscovered and re-evaluated from a current perspective.
WHY BUILD A WALL?
HAIL TO THE GDR!
We Are Building Our Gate to the World
Wir bauen unser Tor zur Welt
HAIL TO WORKERS!
THE WITTSTOCK GIRLS
In 1974, director Volker Koepp went to Wittstock, an old town in Brandenburg close to Berlin, for the first time. He filmed the changes brought about by the construction of a huge textile factory. In his portrait of daily life, Koepp focussed on three women, Edith, Elsbeth and Renate, who were struggling with problems at work, got married and had children. He filmed them until 1997. Here we present the four first films.