WAS WIR FILMTEN – Book presentation, reading & screening of the film »Herzsprung«

Buchcover der Publikation Was wir filmten - Filme von ostdeutschen Regisseurinnen nach 1990

We present our first book publication WAS WIR FILMTEN – Filme von ostdeutschen Regisseurinnen nach 1990 (What We Were Filming – Films by East German Women Directors After 1990). The publication is a continuation of the film programme After the Reunification: Germany 1990|2020, which the curator Betty Schiel presented at the 2020 festival in Cologne. This unique film programme showed a carefully curated selection of films by women directors from East Germany after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, an important but much ignored chapter in East – West German (film) history.

Three generations of East German women directors talk about their films made in the years after the German reunification. Their films and words are valuable counter-memories; they do not romanticise the past, nor do they allow for the historical simplification of a period that has been too often overgloryfied in terms of a Western victory over the so-called Unrechtsstaat. This book opens up the space for an overdue investigation of filmmaking in and about this decade from an East German perspective.

This anthology provides eyewitness reports, interviews and detailed film analysis and shows how important the debates of the last three decades are today.

With contributions by and about: Madeleine Bernstorff, Annekatrin Hendel, Hilde Hoffmann, Kerstin Honeit, Ines Johnson-Spain, Cornelia Klauß, Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs, Therese Koppe, Grit Lemke, Helke Misselwitz, Angelika Nguyen, Christine Schlegel, Cornelia Schleime, Gabi Stötzer, Tamara Trampe and many more.

The book will be published by Bertz + Fischer in October.
The editors for the IFFF Dortmund+Köln are Betty Schiel and Maxa Zoller.
ISBN 978-3-86505-267-4 • Price: 16 €

Different writers will read excerpts from their essays, which will be followed by a screening of the feature film Herzsprung from 1992 by director Helke Misselwitz.

Saturday, 23rd October 2021 • 4:00 pm reading • 6:00 pm Herzsprung
Wolf Kino • Weserstraße 59 • 12045 Berlin • Website

Admission to the book presentation & reading is free. Paid tickets for the film screening are available via the the Wolf Kino website.



Helke Misselwitz

Feature Film

Ein von Massenentlassungen erschüttertes Dorf in der Nachwendezeit. Alles ist in Auflösung. Johanna (Claudia Geisler) betrachtet ungläubig das Geschehen um […]

23 Oct 16:00
Wolf Kino
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