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[Demonstration in Dresden am 22. Januar 1990; Besichtigung in Dresdener Stasi-Objekt] [Ausschnitt]

Documentary Film
GDR
1990
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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anonymous
An amateur film document in the midst of the political and social changes that were demanded, desired or feared since the opening of the inner-German border in November 1989. The uncertainty of that time seems to operate the filmmaker’s camera: shot from an awkward angle, trying to get a clear view but inexperienced and as yet unable to create a comprehensive picture, the speakers are to be captured on stage between banners and flags. There, prominent speakers explain their interpretation of the past and, to the enthusiastic applause of their listeners, make demands for the political design of the immediate future.

Konstantin Wiesinger
Everyday Life in the GDR 2016
[Eigenwerbung für das Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig]

This commercial was to be screened before the amateur film programmes presented by Leipzig’s “Casino” arthouse cinema on special occasions.

[Eigenwerbung für das Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig]

Documentary Film
GDR
1980
4 minutes

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Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig
This commercial was to be screened before the amateur film programmes presented by Leipzig’s “Casino” arthouse cinema on special occasions.

Stefan Gööck

[Kolloquium Ausstellung „Zeitzeichen. Stationen Bildender Kunst in NRW“ am 11. November 1989 in Leipzig] [Ausschnitt]

Documentary Film
GDR
1989
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
On the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a panel of renowned artists and art mediators in the GDR talk about the mutual pervasion of art and society in the GDR and the FRG. Among the panellists are the painters and professors Arno Rink and Wolfgang Mattheuer, both spokesmen for the Leipzig School renowned beyond the borders of the GDR, and Erhard Frommhold, publicist and former chief reader of Verlag der Kunst in Dresden. The interviewees reflect on their own biographies and attempt to give an outlook on the freedom of art under the auspices of the free market.

Konstantin Wiesinger
Retrospective 2018
[Universitätskirche in Leipzig, Sprengung 1968]

Footage that was officially not supposed to exist. A find from the Saxon State Archive.

[Universitätskirche in Leipzig, Sprengung 1968]

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
2 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Manfred Köhler, Rudolf Etzold
Footage that was officially not supposed to exist. A find from the Saxon State Archive.

Ralph Eue
Matinee Sächsisches Staatsarchiv 2018
[Universitätskirche Leipzig, Sprengung 1968; Interview mit Manfred Köhler 1999]

The cinematographer Manfred Köhler talks about filming the controlled demolition of the Leipzig university church in 1968.

[Universitätskirche Leipzig, Sprengung 1968; Interview mit Manfred Köhler 1999]

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Manfred Köhler, Rudolf Etzold, Paul Pfingst
The cinematographer and television producer Manfred Köhler, who died in 2013 and was head of the “Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig” in the 1960s, talks with Stefan Gööck about the circumstances of filming the controlled demolition of the Leipzig university church in 1968. The master baker Rudolf Etzold from Schmölln is mentioned as a member of the team, the vocational school teacher Klaus Büttner developed the 16mm material, bypassing the DEFA lab – both of them members of the “Bezirksarbeitsgemeinschaft Amateurfilm Leipzig” (district amateur film association). Köhler cites the production of this material as proof that it was possible to not be taken in completely.

Stefan Gööck
Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
1. Leipziger Herbstsalon Lutz Dammbeck

In 1984, the “First Leipzig Autumn Salon” took place. Bypassing every state institution, six painters, sculptors and filmmakers organised an art exhibition.

1. Leipziger Herbstsalon

Documentary Film
GDR
1984
22 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Plenert
Lutz Dammbeck
In 1984, the “First Leipzig Autumn Salon” took place – a risk and a caesura for Dammbeck. Bypassing every state institution, six painters, sculptors and filmmakers organised an art exhibition. It was the first and last of its kind. This recapture of public space through art challenged the government’s monopoly on power and triggered similar activities by other artists in the art centres of the GDR. A brave signal to the SED who saw this exhibition as a “counter-revolutionary development”. After that, there were only two options: regress or leave.

Sven Safarow
Everyday Life in the GDR 2016
1165/1965 – Mein Leipzig lob ich mir … weil wir die Hausherren sind [Ausschnitt] Herbert Kasinski, Karl-Heinz Naumann, Werner Wienhold

Three film lovers work for the 800th anniversary celebrations of their hometown.

1165/1965 – Mein Leipzig lob ich mir … weil wir die Hausherren sind [Ausschnitt]

Documentary Film
GDR
1965
4 minutes

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Herbert Kasinski, Karl-Heinz Naumann, Werner Wienhold
Three film lovers work for the 800th anniversary celebrations of their hometown: directed by a shoe salesman, the film section of the Cabinet for Cultural Work and a photographer document the grand parade on Leipziger Ring, whose hackneyed agitation is swept away in a symbolic clean sweep and last dance.

Stefan Gööck

Agra 68

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
11 minutes
The “revolutionary explosions in science and technology” in an agitatorial popular science feature about the “agra” agricultural exhibition which took place annually in Leipzig-Markkleeberg. The enthusiastic sermons about the use of as many chemicals as possible, fully automated plant and animal production and the increase in work productivity by 250 percent (!) until 1980 in combination with pictures of cows ruminating to the same beat and harvester convoys piloted like Bond cars by delicate young ladies seem like pure science fiction.
– Grit Lemke
Zeitkino 2015
Alarm im Kasperletheater Lothar Barke

It’s Gran’s birthday and there’s pancakes, which everybody loves. The little devil wants the bowl all to himself, though, and almost spoils the party for Punch, Judy, the witch, the robber, the king and the crocodile. But then there is a wild chase.

GDR

GDR
1960

Alarm im Kasperletheater

Animated Film
GDR
1960
16 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Lothar Barke
Conny Odd
Werner Baensch
Helga Grischkowski
Lothar Barke
Horst Philipp
Werner Baensch, Lothar Barke, Christel Schlobach, Peter Voigt
It’s Gran’s birthday and there’s pancakes, which everybody loves. The little devil wants the bowl all to himself, though, and almost spoils the party for Punch, Judy, the witch, the robber, the king and the crocodile. But then there is a wild chase. THE children’s film classic, created by the “Walt Disney of the GDR”!

Nadja Rademacher

Aufenthalt auf Erden

Documentary Film
GDR
1979
18 minutes

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DEFA Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Orlando Lübbert, Christiane Barckhausen
Orlando Lübbert, Christiane Barckhausen
While people are commuting on the (East) Berlin underground, wounded Nicaraguan Sandinistas are being treated in a hospital nearby and prepared for a life with, in some cases, severe handicaps. Their childlike faces form a stark contrast to their sober, matter-of-fact narratives of fighting and terrible experiences and losses.
An oppressive documentary from today’s perspective, maybe partly because of the lack of distance towards children fighting in wars. Above all, it illustrates how high a price the nations of Latin America were willing to pay for their freedom – also expressed in the title’s reference to Pablo Neruda.
– Grit Lemke

Leipzig 1979 “Prize of the Minister of Culture of the GDR”