Ablinga

Filmstill Ablinga

Ablinga

Ablinga
Dagnija Osite-Krüger
Retrospective
Documentary Film
GDR
1977
13 minutes
German
subtitles: 
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No Premiere

Nothing is left of the Lithuanian village of Ablinga. Destroyed by Wehrmacht soldiers in 1941, a forest of sculptures was erected in 1972 to commemorate those who once lived here. Larger than life, the carved wooden monuments rise to the sky. In national poet Justinas Marcinkevičius’s poem they wake up again, share some last secrets and become connecting links on a timeline that knows violence and dreams of peace. Dagnija Osite-Krüger’s montage is bold, playful and sometimes brutal, her concern credible and strong. Within a few minutes, “Ablinga” puts a spell on us, becoming a monument to German guilt and the memory of the murdered ones.


Carolin Weidner

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Dagnija Osite-Krüger
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Dagnija Osite-Krüger
Leonid Krainenkow
Werner Wendt
Peter Gotthardt

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