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The Diplomat

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Overview

Genre
Sports, History, Current Affairs, and Human Interest
Synopsis

At the height of the Cold War, Katarina Witt became one of East Germany's most famous athletes. Trained in an ice rink that gave rise to socialist heroes, Witt dominated figure skating by winning six European titles (1983-88), four world championships (1984-85, 1987-88) and back-to-back Olympic gold medals (1984 and 1988), becoming arguably the world's best in the sport.

Known as "the most beautiful face of socialism," Witt's success gave her a unique status in East Germany. It also triggered constant surveillance by the Stasi, East Germany's notorious secret police force. "The Diplomat" chronicles how Witt fought for her future in socialist East Germany, faced the great changes that occurred after the fall of the Berlin Wall and ended up both a beneficiary and victim of the East German regime.

Stage
finished
Running time
50 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
ESPN and Cherry Sky Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2013
Locations
Berlin and Chemnitz, Germany
Prod. Partners
Jennifer Arnold (A Small Act)

Distribution Details

Release year
2013
Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival
Awards
3 Emmy Nominations
Distribution
ESPN Films
Broadcast (Prod.)
ESPN
Language
German, English
Subtitles
English

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