Oh Dear! A Jack-of-All-Trades Document
(Ach du jeh – Ein Hans Dampf und Wurst Dokument)
GDR, 1989, 16 min, color
In German; no subtitles
Ach du jeh – Ein Hans Dampf und Wurst Dokument © DEFA-Stiftung
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Jörg Foth's upbeat and optimistic documentary portrays two modern minstrel groups, Spilwut and Tippelklimper, who perform bagpipe music in medieval costumes at fairs, bars, and train stations.
This form of music with its uniquely exotic and chaotic flair emerged suddenly and to a surprisingly popular degree in the final years of the GDR. The anarchistic aspects of this style of performance both attracted large audiences and made officials wary.