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Helke Misselwitz; Misselwitz, Helke; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Shortly before GDR’s collapse, Helke Misselwitz traveled by train from one end of the country to the other interviewing East German women of different ages and backgrounds. In this documentary masterpiece, women reveal their personal and professional frustrations, hopes and aspirations—and, in doing so, paint a portrait of a changing society. The landscape and architecture of East Germany, filmed in B&W on 35mm by Thomas Plenert, form the background to the stories. This groundbreaking documentary caused a sensation when it was premiered at the 1988 Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival. It undermined the official image of women in the GDR and challenged the East German claim to have achieved gender equality. At the same time, postulating a new independence, women talked about their lives more openly than had ever been filmed before. Ironically, the director was in the US touring with the film on the night when the Berlin Wall fell ... exactly one year after its premiere.
Director
Helke Misselwitz
Release Date
1988
Language
German
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1988.
Publisher no.
1116724 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 112 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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