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August 2021

Stories, continued

Films with absent protagonists, after the GDR, after 1990
Curated by Anna Zett and Philipp Goll

The series brings together films that use documentation and montage in an attempt to revive relationships with people lost in the aftermath of the (geo)political rupture of 1989/90. Sibylle Schönemann's documentary Locked-Up Time (1990) is a piece of investigative research. Following the opening of the border, Schönemann travels from West to East Germany to find those who had been involved in her imprisonment and expulsion in the mid-1980s. In The Iron Age (1991), Thomas Heise resumes a DEFA film project about young people from the socialist model city Eisenhüttenstadt, which had been discontinued in the early 1980s. Angelika Levi's essay film Absent Present (2010) centers on the search for her friend Benji, who was brought to the GDR as a child in 1979 and deported to Namibia in 1990.

In cooperation with the Berlin Grant Program for Artistic Research

Anna Zett is an artist, writer, filmmaker, radio playwright and host of participatory scores for both voice and movement. In collaboration with choreographer Hermann Heisig, she is currently developing the post-socialist group improvisation Resonanz, supported by the Berlin Grant Program for Artistic Research.

Philipp Goll is a freelance writer and works as a research assistant in media studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. His publications include texts on filmic representations of the political upheaval in Poland in 1989 and the didactic practice of filmmaker Harun Farocki.

Absent Present

Absent Present

Angelika Levi, Germany 2010, 84 Min. Min., OV with English subs
The Iron Age

The Iron Age

Thomas Heise, Germany 1991, 87 Min. Min., OV
Locked-Up Time

Locked-Up Time

Sibylle Schönemann, Germany 1990, 94 Min. Min., OV with English subs