All My Girls

(Alle meine Mädchen)

GDR, 1979, 83 min, color
In German; English subtitles
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Despite his lack of enthusiasm, film student Ralf is assigned to make a documentary about a team of six women workers at a light bulb factory in Berlin. At first, the team seems to work and get along together without a hitch. But soon tensions between the women become apparent and they pull Ralf into their conflicts. When one of his interviews reveals that the team supervisor has been keeping a record of workplace disciplinary issues, it unleashes a strong reaction among the workers.


All My Girls was filmed on location at the NARVA light bulb factory in Berlin. Director Iris Gusner, one of very few female feature film directors in East Germany, worked closely with other women on her team to make this film that gives us a real feel for what it was like to be a woman in the GDR.


2018 Images of the Future: The Cinema of East Germany, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1980 Audience Jury Prize, GDR National Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Actress (Lissy Tempelhof), GDR National Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Fritz Marquardt), GDR National Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Art Prize of the Free German Trade Union Federation (Iris Gusner, Monica Bielenstein, Günter Haubold, Gabriele Kotte, Madeleine Lierck,Barbara Schnitzler, Viola Schweizer, Evelin Splitt, Lissy Tempelhof)


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DVD Bonus Features:
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  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Written Interview with Director Iris Gusner (2012)
  • “Filming Women, Female Perspectives,” by Andrea Rinke, Kingston University, UK

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