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I'M A CITIZEN OF GDR [ICH BIN BUERGER DER DDR]

Director: Erika Runge
Screenplay: Erika Runge
Director of Photography: Michael Ballhaus
Country, Year of production:
D, 1972
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

Documentary about people who are working in a factory for machine tools in East Berlin. The film shows their every day life, their living conditions, opinions and perspectives. The director Erika Runge has been known in 1968 through her documentaries and social reports. In this film, she gives an interesting insight into the logic of life in the former GDR.

MIMUS EROTICUS

Director: Vibeke Peusch
Screenplay: Vibeke Peusch
Director of Photography: Johann Feindt
Cast: Bettina Spier; Wolfgang Spier; Santiago Ziesmer
Country, Year of production:
D, 1986
Color: Color
Genre: Biography

This film tells the story of the life and work of Arthur Maria Rabenalt whose artistic career unites cultural and historical influences of the century. The same way Rabenalt converted the fascinating world of eroticism in his creations artistically, the film uses this idea as thematic brace.

Realtime [ECHTZEIT]

Director: Hellmuth Costard; Jürgen Ebert
Screenplay: Hellmuth Costard; Jürgen Ebert; Martin Manz; Carla Leftwich
Director of Photography: Hellmuth Costard; Martin Manz; Thomas Schwan; Carolyn Swartz
Cast: Georg Krämer; Konrad Zuse; Ruth Bierich; Adolf Hornung
Country, Year of production:
D, 1983
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary; Sci-Fi/Fantasy

A film that breaks the traditional rules of documentaries and feature films. In view of all the achievements in the computer sector, "Realtime" asks for the point of view of men in an environment that can be duplicated several times and is under the influence of innumerable factors. A work that makes everybody think...

REVERSE SHOT - REBELLION OF THE FILMMAKERS [GEGENSCHUSS - AUFBRUCH DER FILMEMACHER]

Director: Dominik Wessely
Screenplay: Laurens Straub; Dominik Wessely; Rainer Kölmel
Director of Photography: Knut Schmitz
Cast: Hark Bohm; Uwe Brandner; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Michael Fengler; Peter Fleischmann; Hans W. Geissendörfer; Werner Herzog; Alexander Kluge; Wim Wenders
Country, Year of production:
D, 2008
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Documentary

Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Werner Herzog. Wim Wenders. Three directors whose names stand for the exodus of the West German cinema from the decades of insignificance of the post-war period. As of 1970, the blossoming of the German cinema began and caused a global sensation with films like FEAR EATS THE SOUL, EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL or IN THE COURSE OF TIME. For the first time since the golden age of expressionism in the 1920s, German filmmakers, whose new works receive international attention and acclaim, are back. Significantly responsible in part for this departure, is the Filmverlag der Autoren (The Authors' Film Publishing Guild) - a production and distribution cooperative that was founded in Munich in April 1971 by 13 filmmakers. Ranking amongst the first members ...

SHOESLAPPING IN AFRICA [PLATTLN IN UMTATA - MIT DER BIERMOESL BLOSN IN AFRIKA]

Director: Peter Heller
Screenplay: Peter Heller
Director of Photography: Otmar Schmid; Peter Heller; Klaus Lautenbacher
Cast: Biermösl Blosn; Gerhard Polt
Country, Year of production:
D, 2007
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary; Music

The 90 minute documentary follows the Biermösl-Blosn's invitation by the German cultural centre (Goethe - Institute), showing Bavarian folklore musicians meeting musicians and artists of South Africa's and Namibia's old and new folklore. On tour three famous musicians with their families form an itinerant little orchestra travelling to learn about the old and new rhythms of Africa. Armed with a harp, a viola, alpenhorns and a barrel organ, they move from street stages in the townships of Memlodi in Soweto and Gugulethu through sand dunes to the wildlife reserves in Namibia.

TWO MOTHERS - THE SEARCH BEGAN IN RIGA [MEINE MUETTER - SPURENSUCHE IN RIGA]

Director: Rosa von Praunheim
Screenplay: Rosa von Praunheim
Director of Photography: Thomas Ladenburger; Markus Tiarks; Elfi Mikesch
Cast: Rosa von Praunheim
Country, Year of production:
D, 2007
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary; Biography

Tracing my two mothers in Riga is my personal history. I was born Holger Mischwitzky in Riga, Latvia, on November 25th, 1942. In 2000, my then 94-year-old mother told me I was not her son and that she had found me in a children's home in Riga during the German occupation. That was all she was prepared to say. She died in 2003. Initially I didn't want to start searching, she had been a loving mother to me. Two years later I did become curious, but not knowing my real family name, I thought searching would be futile. With the help of a Latvian journalist I met Agnese who discovered intriguing things in the national archive. Amazingly enough, I eventually found my real birth certificate in Berlin which stated that I had been born in Riga in the central prison in 1942. I start searching for ...

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