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DEFA Matinee 2021
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Im Durchgang – Protokoll für das Gedächtnis Kurt Tetzlaff
Between March 1989 and March 1990, Kurt Tetzlaff follows the critical Potsdam high school graduate and pastor’s son Alexander Schulz through a time of personal and political upheaval.
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In Transit: Report for Posterity

Im Durchgang – Protokoll für das Gedächtnis
Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA Matinee 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1990
90 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Kurt Tetzlaff
Monika Schäfer
Hans-Dieter Rutsch
Werner Bergmann
Jürgen Voigt
Achim Sommer
Rainer Pape
Lutz Laschet
Ernst-Dieter Falkenthal
Hartmut Haase

“Whoever has discovered a truth must also bear witness to it and make it known,” says the critical Potsdam high school graduate and pastor’s son Alexander Schulz at the start of the film and adds: “You must also endure the personal disadvantages.” Between March 1989 and March 1990, Kurt Tetzlaff follows the intelligent boy through a time of upheaval. At their graduation, Alexander and his class perform the play “Dictatorship of Conscience” by Mikhail Shatrov. He takes part in the demonstrations in autumn 1989 and refuses to serve in the army. Sequences from the GDR news demonstrate how far removed from the citizens the state leadership had become.

Philip Zengel
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Redistribution and Having a Say
DEFA Matinee 2021
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Im Übergang – Protokoll einer Hoffnung Kurt Tetzlaff
A reencounter with Alexander, Tetzlaff’s protagonist of “In Transit”. The mood of departure of the autumn of 1989 gives way to disappointment and resignation only a short time later.
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In Transition: Report on a Hope

Im Übergang – Protokoll einer Hoffnung
Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA Matinee 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
1991
82 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Kurt Tetzlaff
Eckard Mieder
Ingo Bahr
Jürgen Partzsch
Claus Mühle
Karl Faber
Hans Borrmann
Andreas Bergmann
Monika Schäfer
Dietmar Falkenthal
Hartmut Haase
Lutz Laschet
Rainer Pape

Once again Kurt Tetzlaff portrays Alexander, who in 1990 works as a nurse and is active in the “Action Reconciliation”. The sense of departure of the autumn of 1989 slowly gives way to disappointments about the outcome of the People’s Chamber elections in 1990, the currency reform and the Unification Treaty. The political and social changes took place at a rapid pace that many found hard to follow. The sense of community that carried people through 1989 is fading. “Now it’s every man for himself”, Alexander states. He has no use for capitalism: “I feel just as lied to and cheated as before.” Resignation spreads.

Philip Zengel
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Redistribution and Having a Say
DEFA Matinee 2021
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Spring, wenn du kannst Kurt Tetzlaff
In short sequences of images pointedly set to music by Louis Armstrong, we follow the pleasurable triumph of young life over the obstacles of setting out into the world.
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Jump, If You Can

Spring, wenn du kannst
Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA Matinee 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1985
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Peter Ackermann
Siegfried Gebser

In short sequences of images pointedly set to music by Louis Armstrong, the film follows the pleasurable triumph of young life over the obstacles of setting out into the world. As short as the film is and as curious its contents, the chequered story of its working and release titles is just as interesting. In 1987, the industry magazine “Film und Fernsehen” presented it simply as “A DEFA film by”. The text printed there ends with a sentence in brackets: (And many a viewer may marvel at the courage of the little ducklings and feel encouraged themselves.)

Philip Zengel
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