Film Archive

Retrospective 2017
1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Himmlischer Frieden Schwarwel

Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution.

1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Himmlischer Frieden

Animated Film
Germany
2017
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sandra Strauß, Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig, Sara Bock, Laura Wempen
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution. Here and elsewhere. Questions of personal courage and resistance. Elsewhere and here.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Ich liebe – ich liebe doch alle. Schwarwel

Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution: Erich Mielke.

1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Ich liebe – ich liebe doch alle.

Animated Film
Germany
2017
3 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sandra Strauß, Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig, Sara Bock
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution. Erich Mielke (1907–2000) is completely lost as he wanders through the new era and declares his love for the people. He is surrounded by the rubble of the fallen GDR and his former Ministry for State Security.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
A Day at the Grave of Karl Marx Peter von Bagh

A century after his death, people from 20 different countries visit the grave of the philosopher Karl Marx.

A Day at the Grave of Karl Marx

Documentary Film
Finland
1984
30 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Peter von Bagh
Peter von Bagh
Tapani Tamminen
Tony Chapman
Elina Katainen
Chris Barton
A century after his death, people from 20 different countries visit the grave of the philosopher Karl Marx (1818–1883) in Highgate Cemetery. Thoughts and discussions about him as well as dialogues with him.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Angela Davis Is at Your Mercy Carole Roussopoulos

In response to the arrest of the philosopher and activist Angela Davis, the French writer Jean Genet read a text denouncing the US justice system.

Angela Davis Is at Your Mercy

Documentary Film
France
1970
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vidéo Out Production
Carole Roussopoulos
Carole Roussopoulos
Carole Roussopoulos
Carole Roussopoulos
An agitprop film made by Carole Roussopoulos: In response to the arrest of the philosopher and activist Angela Davis (born 1944–), the French writer Jean Genet (1910–1986) read a text denouncing the US justice system.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Black Panthers Agnès Varda

In the summer of 1968, the Black Panthers held several demonstrations in Oakland to raise awareness about the trial of Huey Newton.

Black Panthers

Documentary Film
France,
USA
1968
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Agnès Varda
David Myers, Agnès Varda
Paddy Monk
Paul Oppenheim, James Steward
Agnès Varda described her film as an inflammatory reportage: In the summer of 1968, the Black Panthers held several demonstrations in Oakland to raise awareness about the trial of Huey Newton (1942–1989), a co-founder of the party.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Der Augenzeuge 1960 / A 75

The funeral of Wilhelm Pieck, who was president of the GDR from 1949 to 1960. Episode of the weekly GDR news programme.

Der Augenzeuge 1960 / A 75

Documentary Film
GDR
1960
9 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
The funeral of Wilhelm Pieck (1876–1960), who was president of the GDR from 1949 to 1960. Episode of the weekly GDR news programme "Der Augenzeuge" ("The Eyewitness"). Helene Weigel talks. Official guests pay their respects. For a moment, work comes to a standstill in the whole country.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Der Sekretär Jürgen Böttcher

Party secretary Grimmer is part occupational therapist, part employee representative, yet he remains the party secretary.

Der Sekretär

Documentary Film
GDR
1967
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Jürgen Böttcher
Gerhard Rosenfeld
Wolfgang Randel
Ilse Radtke
Jürgen Böttcher
Hans-Jürgen Mittag, Otto Koch
Rolf Römer
Many women work at the Buna chemicals factory. Party secretary Grimmer is part occupational therapist, part employee representative, yet he remains the party secretary.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Die Moskauer Prozesse Milo Rau

In 2013, the director Milo Rau re-enacted two trials of the Russian state against artistic freedom at Moscow's Sakharov Centre.

Die Moskauer Prozesse

Documentary Film
Germany
2014
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Arne Birkenstock
Milo Rau
Markus Tomsche
Lena Rem
Jens Baudisch
In 2013, the director Milo Rau re-enacted two trials of the Russian state against artistic freedom at Moscow's Sakharov Centre. He supplemented the "historical" project - about the trials against the shows "Caution! Religion" (2003) and "Forbidden Art" (2010) - with the Pussy Riot "case" (2012) which not only drew incredible attention to his production, but also transformed a theatrical exhumation into an open-heart surgery.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Kathleen und Eldridge Cleaver in Algier Claudia von Alemann

Kathleen Neal and Eldridge Cleaver, a co-founder of the socialist Black Panther Party who would later become her husband, during a trip to Algeria.

Kathleen und Eldridge Cleaver in Algier

Documentary Film
FRG
1970
25 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Claudia von Alemann
Claudia von Alemann
Claudia von Alemann
Claudia von Alemann
Claudia von Alemann
Claudia von Alemann
Kathleen Neal (born 1945) and Eldridge Cleaver (1935–1998), a co-founder of the socialist Black Panther Party who would later become her husband, during a trip to Algeria.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Kommandanten – Vorsitzende – Generalsekretäre 8

An illustrated read featuring fragments from Alexander Kluge's mammoth oeuvre about Marx, Eisenstein and "Capital".

2017

Kommandanten – Vorsitzende – Generalsekretäre 8

(none)
2017
120 minutes

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Christian Schulte, Jörg Becker
An experimental application of the thesis of many early theorists of cinematography according to which cinema is less an illusion machine to transport ready-made narratives than a machine to pioneer a new type of thought and narrative. Alexander Kluge gave his nine-hour audiovisual investigation of Eisenstein’s plan to adapt Marx’s “Capital” on film the title: “News from Ideological Antiquity. Marx – Eisenstein – Das Kapital” (2008). Intelligent work on a monument has turned into a monument itself by now. Let us address it by making this appeal: Re-Think!

The media scholar Christian Schulte, co-editor of the “Alexander Kluge-Jahrbuch”, and the publicist Jörg Becker invite us to a joint reading of some passages of this mammoth project (and other, thematically related films, contributions and broadcasts by the director). What is the purpose of this reading? Recovering from ideological antiquity a few clues, even though they may be only fragments, that will help us to better understand the future.

Ralph Eue

Lied der Sieger

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Nina Hartung
Rolf Schnabel
Wolfgang Heinz
A propagandistic documentary about the German communist politician Walter Ulbricht (1893–1973) that explores the irresolvable conflict between the great "cause" and a person's private life.

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Lob des Revolutionärs Helmut Wietz, Piu Lieck, David Slama

A sea (perhaps only a lake) of red flags. A piece of Peking Opera on the streets of West Germany, circa 1970.

Lob des Revolutionärs

Documentary Film
FRG
1971
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH
Helmut Wietz, Piu Lieck, David Slama
David Slama
A sea (perhaps only a lake) of red flags. A piece of Peking Opera on the streets of West Germany, circa 1970. It could be an election campaign video for the Revolutionary German Worker's Party which is inserted at one point. Irony? Perhaps! Shot in Cinemascope, the film cost 10,220 DM to make according to the German Film and Television Academy archives.

Ralph Eue

My Brother Fidel

Documentary Film
Cuba
1977
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Carlos H. Canals
Santiago Álvarez
Iván Nápoles, Raúl Pérez Ureta
Miriam Talavera
Rebeca Chávez, Santiago Ávarez
In 1977, Fidel Castro (1926–2016) visited a blind 93-year-old in the mountains of Cuba, who told him about his childhood meeting with the Cuban national hero José Martí (1853–1895), shortly before he was killed in the Cuban War of Independence against Spain. The old man did not know who his visitor was ...

Ralph Eue
Retrospective 2017
Rosa Luxemburg Renate Drescher

A narrative documentary which uses rare archive footage to shed light on the life of Rosa Luxemburg.

Rosa Luxemburg

Documentary Film
GDR
1970
21 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Renate Drescher
Ruth Zechlin
Jürgen Bahr, Bernd Merten
Evelyn Eweleit
Renate Drescher, Günter Radczun
Manfred Wagner, Irma Münch
Erika Wiens
A narrative documentary which uses rare archive footage to shed light on the life of Rosa Luxemburg (1871–1919) which ended abruptly with her murder. According to the film, her theory lives on and prospers in the GDR.

Ralph Eue

Scared Very Scared

Documentary Film
USA
2017
7 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Jay Rosenblatt (Locomotion Films)
Jay Rosenblatt
An electrifying meditation by Jay Rosenblatt about Donald Trump's (born 1946) first year in power. A recommendation for therapy does not seem absurd. The only question is whom this recommendation should be made to.

Ralph Eue