Amateur Artists


GDR, 1982, 20 min, color
In German; English subtitles
Production Company


The nationally-owned Buna Chemical Plant provides an art center with 50 different art clubs for its 22,000 employees to participate in during their free time. The documentary shows workers preparing a photography exhibit about their work environment, children performing with puppets, orchestral and dance rehearsals, landscape painters hiking into the forests in search of scenery, a choir performing at the International Handel Festival, and more. The film emphasizes the ways in which socialism allows workers to develop their whole person through art.


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