The Subversive Camera

(Die subversive Kamera)

Germany, 1997, 42 min, color
In German; English subtitles


The history of the GDR Super-8 scene—an underground art movement that produced films outside official channels in the 1980s—produced by Cornelia Klauss, herself a Super-8 artist. The Stasi (secret police) monitored this rebellious scene closely. Female artists Ramona Köppel-Welsch, Cornelia Schleime and Christine Schlegel, among others, talk about their art and films, their experiences as artists in the GDR, and how their work changed after the Wall came down.


This documentary is available for purchase as a special feature on the DVD of Counter Images: GDR Underground Films 1983-1989.


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