Wer fürchtet sich vorm schwarzen Mann

Filmstill Who’s Afraid of the Bogeyman

Who’s Afraid of the Bogeyman

Wer fürchtet sich vorm schwarzen Mann
Helke Misselwitz
Retrospective 2022
Documentary Film
52 minutes

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Helke Misselwitz
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Thomas Plenert
Helke Misselwitz
Thomas Plenert
Gudrun Steinbrück
Brigitte Unterdörfer
Ronald Gohlke

Coal briquets hit the waggon with a thundering sound, are loaded, unloaded and finally end up in the houses of Prenzlauer Berg. Renate Uhle is the owner of a coal shop run by her family since 1922. Together with her men – Klaus, Kalle, Manne, Erwin, Pummel, Felix and Würstchen – she sees to it that no one in the neighbourhood freezes. Work is hard, the afterwork beer obligatory, and Renate’s tongue quick and sensitive. Helke Misselwitz follows the workers on their chugging diesel-driven ants through the streets and the watershed year of 1989, sweats with them as they climb up endless stairs and listens to them through the cigarette smoke.

Carolin Weidner
Work Hard Play Hard
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