GOTTESZELL – EIN FRAUENGEFÄNGNIS – GOTTESZELL – A WOMEN'S PRISON (Deutschland 2000, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). A moving and sensitive film about everyday life in Gotteszell, Baden-Württemberg’s only female prison. Six inmates tell of their former lives and what led them to commit their crimes.
MEIN HERZ SIEHT DIE WELT SCHWARZ – EINE LIEBE IN KABUL (Deutschland 2009, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). MEIN HERZ SIEHT DIE WELT SCHWARZ – EINE LIEBE IN KABUL tells the story of an impossible love: even as children Hossein and Shaima were inseparable and yet their relationship seems to be doomed to failure. Poverty, war and family honour stand in the way of a happy life for the couple.
MIT STARREM BLICK AUFS GELD (Deutschland 1983, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). From behind the camera comes the voice of the director: “But doesn’t it hurt?” In front of it, her sister with her eye steadfastly on the wax strip: “yes, but the payoff is so delightful that the pain is worth it.” Let’s not kid ourselves.
RODINA HEISST HEIMAT – RODINA MEANS HOME (Deutschland 1992, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). In RODINA HEISST HEIMAT, Helga Reidemeister observes a Soviet regiment’s withdrawal from the former border region of the GDR over six months in 1991 and follows some of the soldiers back to their homes.
TEXAS KABUL (Deutschland 2004, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). From India to Serbia, from Afghanistan to USA – four site inspections and four meetings with women who refuse to accept war quietly. “Haven’t we all helped fascism along its way.”
VON WEGEN "SCHICKSAL" (Deutschland 1979, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). Irene Rakowitz gets divorced after 20 years of marriage and takes her life into her own hands. She is faced with a lack of understanding from her husband Richard and with fierce resistance from her 14-year-old daughter Astrid. A hugely important film on the topic of emancipation – not only in 1979.