Film Archive

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

Documentary Film
GDR
1990
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

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

Documentary Film
GDR
1989
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Brücke über den Strom

Documentary Film
GDR
1969
21 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Amateurfilmclub Frankfurt an der Oder
Manfred Kern
Detlev Mohr
Manfred Kern
The border town of Frankfurt on the Oder is portrayed as symbolising central issues of a design of society and the state under socialist auspices. The division of labour in the assembly line production at a semiconductor plant testifies to the transformation from agricultural to industrial economy. Anyone living in the GDR was expected, according to its self-conception as a civic collective, to contribute to this progress by a disciplined, committed and, for women, emancipated lifestyle. In foreign policy, the workers’ and peasants’ state stood for reconciliation with its Eastern neighbour, Poland. The collaboration of Polish and German female workers in the semiconductor plant illustrates this mission.

Konstantin Wiesinger

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Das Mahnmal

Documentary Film
GDR
1949
10 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Max Jaap
Erich Nitzschmann
Ella Ensink
A documentary solemnity on the occasion of the erection of the Soviet Memorial in Treptow Park.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Re-Visionen
Der lachende Mann Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann

One of the most controversial documentaries ever. The core of this film is a long interview with the infamous West German mercenary Siegfried Müller.

Der lachende Mann

Documentary Film
GDR
1962
62 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann
Peter Hellmich, Horst Donth
Traute Wischnewski
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann
Heinz Reusch, Ingrid Schernikau
The core of this film is a long interview with the infamous West German mercenary Siegfried Müller, supplemented by sequences shot for “Commando 52”. “The Laughing Man” broke new stylistic ground at the time. On the one hand it is regarded as a milestone of GDR film history, but on the other hand its production history and style make it one of the most controversial documentaries ever.

Ralph Eue

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Der Mann an der Rampe Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann

Heynowski and Scheumann buy a complete Waffen-SS uniform (including an Auschwitz badge) from West German militaria dealers.

Der Mann an der Rampe

Documentary Film
GDR
1988
13 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann
Georg Katzer
Horst Donth, Winfried Goldner
Traute Wischnewski
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann
Eberhard Schwarz
Gerhard Scheumann, Walter Niklaus
Heynowski and Scheumann buy a complete Waffen-SS uniform (including an Auschwitz badge) from West German militaria dealers.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Der Weg nach oben Andrew Thorndike, Karl Gass

A filmic act of state on the first anniversary of the GDR. Peaceful reconstruction on this side, preparations for a new war on the other.

Der Weg nach oben

Documentary Film
GDR
1950
84 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
Andrew Thorndike, Karl Gass
Kurt Stanke, Werner Bergmann, Walter Fehdmer
Bruno Kleberg
Andrew Thorndike
Heinz Reusch
Harry Hindemith
A filmic act of state on the first anniversary of the GDR. Peaceful reconstruction on this side, preparations for a new war on the other.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Fritz Cremer – Schöpfer des Buchenwald-Denkmals Hugo Hermann

A portrait of the sculptor Fritz Cremer, dominated by his bronze group of figures in memory of the resistance fight in the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Fritz Cremer – Schöpfer des Buchenwald-Denkmals

Documentary Film
GDR
1957
17 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Hugo Hermann
Wolfgang Hohensee
Hugo Hermann
Waltraut Balke
Hugo Hermann
Rolf Rolke, Hans-Jürgen Mittag
Wolfgang Heinz
A portrait of the sculptor Fritz Cremer, dominated by his bronze group of figures in memory of the resistance fight in the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Hitlerpinochet Juan Forch, Jörg Herrmann

An agitation animation on the evil Augusto Pinochet, who is nothing but a mutation of the evil Adolf Hitler.

Hitlerpinochet

Animated Film
GDR
1976
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Juan Forch, Jörg Herrmann
Addy Kurth
Peter Pohler
Heidrun Sünderhauf
Juan Forch, Jörg Herrmann
Horst Philipp
An agitation animation on the evil Augusto Pinochet, who is nothing but a mutation of the evil Adolf Hitler.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Re-Visionen
Ich war ein glücklicher Mensch Eduard Schreiber

An attempt to understand what made the almost eighty-year-old Tilbert Eckertz hold on to communism. Eckertz worked as a business journalist in the GDR.

Ich war ein glücklicher Mensch

Documentary Film
GDR
1990
58 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Eduard Schreiber
Peter Rabenalt, Michael Nyman
Sebastian Richter
Viktoria Dietrich
Rolf Richter, Eduard Schreiber
Andreas Walter
Tilbert Eckertz
An attempt to understand what made the almost eighty-year-old Tilbert Eckertz hold on to communism. Eckertz worked as a business journalist in the GDR. Raked over the coals as a dissenter again and again he still calls himself a happy person. But the more his life progresses, the less he is able to banish injuries he suffered and inflicted from his self-image.

Ralph Eue

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Im Namen des Lebens Alfons Machalz

Documentary film advice on the GDR antifascist culture of remembrance – and how to explain it, for example, to foreign guests.

Im Namen des Lebens

Documentary Film
GDR
1979
24 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Alfons Machalz
Documentary film advice on the GDR antifascist culture of remembrance – and how to explain it, for example, to foreign guests.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Imbiß Spezial Thomas Heise

The period leading up to the political turnaround as it presented itself at a snack bar. Media and reality have less and less to do with each other.

Imbiß Spezial

Documentary Film
GDR
1990
27 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Thomas Heise
Sebastian Richter
Karin Wudtke
Thomas Heise
Ulrich Fengler, Wolfgang Heise, Gerd Kroske
The period leading up to the political turnaround as it presented itself at a snack bar. Media and reality have less and less to do with each other.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
KgU – Kampfgruppe der Unmenschlichkeit Joachim Hadaschik

The travelling exhibition “Agents, Spies, Saboteurs Exposed” about the actions of FRG spies and infiltrated saboteurs on GDR territory, condensed in a film.

KgU – Kampfgruppe der Unmenschlichkeit

Documentary Film
GDR
1955
22 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Joachim Hadaschik
Günter Friedrich, Kurt Grottke
Wolfgang Randel, Hans-Ulrich Männling
Ella Ensink
Joachim Hadaschik
Hans-Jürgen Mittag
Gerry Wolff
The travelling exhibition “Agents, Spies, Saboteurs Exposed” about the actions of FRG spies and infiltrated saboteurs on GDR territory, condensed in a film.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Re-Visionen
Kommando 52 Walter Heynowski

A portrait of predominantly West German mercenaries in the Congo. A GDR film. The revelation that the commanders were former Wehrmacht officers, was dismissed as propaganda in the FRG.

Kommando 52

Documentary Film
GDR
1965
34 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
Walter Heynowski
Thomas Billhardt, Horst Donth, Peter Hellmich
Traute Wischnewski
Walter Heynowski
Peter Nölle
Herwart Grosse
A group portrait of mercenaries, predominantly West German men, fighting in the Congo. The revelation that the commanders of the company were former Wehrmacht officers who had learned their craft in the war of annihilation against the Soviet Union and used it with obvious pleasure in the brutal fight against partisans in Africa was lightly dismissed as propaganda in the FRG.

Ralph Eue

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Märkische Ziegel

Documentary Film
GDR
1989
35 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Volker Koepp
Mario Peters
Thomas Plenert
Yvonne Loquenz
Gotthold Gloger, Volker Koepp
Peter Dienst, Eberhard Pfaff
A chronicle of the Brandenburg town of Zehdenick, a snapshot from the spring of 1988. Brickyards have determined the rhythm of this small town and its inhabitants for more than a hundred years. Here, the brick burners speak frankly about their working conditions. Volker Koepp’s film was classified by the Central Film Office as a depressing report about outdated production methods and defeatist contemporaries.

Ralph Eue

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Nach 900 Tagen

Documentary Film
GDR
1953
23 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Karl Gass, Joop Huisken
Wernfried Hübel
Hans Dumke
Irmgard Held
Karl Gass
Heinz Reusch
About the construction of Stalinstadt and the Iron Works Combine East.

Olaf Möller

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.