DOK.fest is in the Here&Now

Contemporary documentary films on politics and society – Beyond blossoming landscapes

How does the legacy of the GDR continue to have an impact today? How great are the disappointments in the face of dashed hopes? This can be seen not only in the jagged edges of open-cast lignite mining in the Lausitz (Lusatia), but also in the political careers of women who began to become involved in the various parties of the democratic spectrum in the early 1990s. A further field is education in schools that conforms to the system between pedagogical mandate and ideological influence. Finally, there is the question of how cultural involvement in local communities can give people new self-confidence. The four documentary films shed light on the past and present in East Germany and use sensitive portraits to show how people live with it.

With a subsequent film- and audience discussion with director Grit Lemke.

Free admission, registration welcome.

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Deutschland 2019 – Director: Grit Lemke – Original language: German – Subtitles: None

How's the East ticking? The Lausitz district and the former "socialist residential town" Hoyerswerda form the background for the biography of Gerhard Gundermann, rock poet, excavator driver and "Voice of the East".


Camera: Uwe Mann. Sound: Oliver Prasnikar. Editing: Sven Kulik. Music: Gerhard Gundermann. Production: Inselfilm Produktion, MDR, rbb. Producer: Gregor Streiber. Length: 98 min.

  • Thursday
  • 18:00
  • Einstein 28