SIE (1970) & MARTHA (1978)

DDR 1970 – Director: Gitta Nickel, Jürgen Böttcher – Original language: German – Subtitles: None

Equality in a socialist way: two perspectives on women's everyday life in the GDR of the 1970s.

 

SIE
GDR 1970, Gitta Nickel, 30 min.

In everyday socialist life in the beginning of the 70s, male and female comrades are far from equal. In her film SIE, Gitta Nickel explores the issue using the example of the publically owned textile enterprise “Treff-Modelle.”

 

MARTHA
GDR 1978, Jürgen Böttcher, 56 min.

First she cleared up the rubble of the bombed city, then she spent decades sorting the debris in the GDR. MARTHA gives us a rare insight into the life of a generation of women, who tirelessly worked in construction after the war.

 

No youth rating

Writer: Gitta Nickel (SIE), Jürgen Böttcher (MARTHA). Camera: Niko Pawloff (SIE), Wolfgang Dietzel (MARTHA). Editing: Maja Ulbrich (SIE), Angelika Arnold (MARTHA). Music: Kiril Zibulka (SIE),. Production: DEFA-Studio für Kurzfilme. Producer: N.N.. Length: 86 min. International Sales: Icestorm Media (Online), DEFA-Filmverleih

 


Gitta Nickel - Briensdorf/East Prussia, 1936

The filmmaker is one of the few female directors who were successful in the GDR. Since the 1960s she has produced more than 60 films, some of which have won awards at festivals.

Filmography (selection)

I WAS A BÜEGER OF THE GDR, D 1999
TWO GERMANS, GDR 1988, 90 min.
LIKE A FISH IN THE WATER, GDR 1987, 48 min.
WHEN YOU HAVE A LOVE, GDR 1986, 76 min.
MANCHMAL MÖCHTE MAN FLIEGEN, GDR 1981, 60 min.
PAUL DESSAU, GDR 1974, 81 min.

 

Jürgen Böttcher (civil name Hans Jürgen Traugott) - Frankenberg/Saxony, 1931

The documentarist and painter is one of the great artists of the GDR. Throughout his life he was non-conformist. With his penchant for experimentation, he had a decisive influence on artists of subsequent generations. His avant-garde films are groundbreaking in terms of content and form.

Filmography (selection)

Barefoot and Without a Hat, GDR 1964, 26 min.
STARS, GDR 1963, 20 min.
OFENBAUER, GDR 1962, 15 min.
THREE OF MANY, GDR 1961, 33 min.

 

Retrospective 75 Years of DEFA

Eight documentaries from five decades of DEFA film production. We present the retrospective on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the GDR's nationally owned film studio.

#Living memory

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