- History, Politics, Human Rights, Society, and Contemporary Issues
Virtually nothing of the Berlin Wall, the huge and frightening concrete structure has been left. Another collective act of "forgetting". With 50,000 new buildings already completed, Berlin is ready once again to make a play to be the economic and political capital of a united Europe.
The Wall is gone but not the conflict. Two thirds of the East Germans feel as strangers in their own country. Like archeologists from another century, we search for the Wall's traces and along the way ask those who lived up against it: what were their experiences, frustrations, fears, dreams - and what are their concerns now? Long used as a propaganda tool on both sides, the human side of the Wall has never been dwelt upon. It's a story that already sounds to Berlin's own children like an ancient myth or parable. It's not to be understood through logic or historical research. The Wall gave people's daily life an absurd dimension. It's current disappearance: Kafka.
- Running time
- 86 minutes
- Frauke Sandig ... Director, Producer
- Eric Black ... Director, Producer, Camera
- Inge Schneider ... Editor
- Brigit Mulders ... Production Manager
- Martin Steyer ... Sound Mix
- Prod. Co.
- Eric Black and Frauke Sandig Umbrella Films
- Years of Production
- Prod. Partners
- Frauke Sandig & Eric Black, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, ITVS
- Release year
- Berlin IFF, IDFA, San Franciso IFF, Karlovy Vary IFF, Doc Aviv, Brisbane IFF, German Films at MOMA New York, Rome, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh a.o.
- Golden Gate Award; Golden Spire; Special Mention German Camera Award
- Goethe Institute (educational)
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- RBB, Saarl. Rundfunk, ITVS/PBS
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- NHK, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Poland
- English, German, Italian, French, Russian
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