In this simple phrase, "I was a citizen of the GDR," are countless individual life stories. Former citizens of the German Democratic Republic recount their personal feelings, experiences and attitudes toward the GDR as well as both material difficulties and the dominance of the State.
Despite unjust imprisonment and politically-induced family suffering, journalist Tilbert Eckertz remains loyal to his state and country to the very end. In this documentary, he reflects on his life-long support of socialist ideals and the radical changes brought about by the events of 1989.
In spring 1974, a Studio H&S camera team manages to film in Chile. With a permit from the Junta’s Chancellery, they enter two large prison camps in the northern provinces of Chacabuco and Pisagua and interview inmates.
This short documentary contrasts the formal exercises of teenagers' ballroom dance lessons under the direction of teacher Karl Glöckner with the hot disco beats that reign in the dance clubs.
This documentary informs viewers about the GDR's social security programs which are also available to citizens in the event of illness.
Commissioned by the East German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This documentary is designed to present an image of a socially and culturally sophisticated East Germany to the international community.
This color documentary presents the most positive aspects of the GDR after the 11th Convention of the Socialist Unity Party in 1986-1987.
After seeing an exhibit about the Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani (1862-1918), filmmaker and artist Jürgen Böttcher was inspired to shoot a film about this country, a dream that he was finally permitted to fulfill two decades later when he received permission to film
Director Jürgen Böttcher and cinematographer Thomas Plenert spent a summer accompanying quarry workers and stone sculptors in the Lohm Valley, including Böttcher's friends Peter Makulies and Hartmut Bonk.
Over the course of a year, starting in March 1989, director Kurt Tetzlaff follows Alexander Schulz, an 18-year-old high-school student and son of a pastor. Alexander openly discusses his non-conformist political views.