Why Make A Film About These People?, Dir. Thomas Heise
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13:00 Sun 20 Jan 2019


BEHIND THE WALL: SHORT FILMS FROM THE GDR After 38 years of existing as a divided country, the first crucial step towards German unification occurred on 9th November 1989 when Berlin opened its checkpoints and people passed freely between East and West for the first time in decades. We commemorate 30 years since this historic moment with three programmes of short films highlighting the dissenting and subversive work made in the German Democratic Republic.

PHANTOMS In this loosely curated selection of films, East German filmmakers explore the ephemeral and the forgotten. With great empathy and wit, Thomas Heise’s Why Make a Film About These People? documents the lives of the disenfranchised and impoverished youth that mischievously terrorise the streets of Prenzlaur Berg whilst in Nude Photography, Helke Misselwitz highlights the work of photographer Gundula Schulze and her intimacy with her subjects. Finally, as the GDR enters its final years, Eduard Schreiber searches Berlin for the last remnants of Jewish culture in the haunting Traces. 66’

Supported by Goethe Institut


The Mall, St James's

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