Children of Golzow: Individual Portraits

(Lebensläufe: Die Geschichte der Kinder von Golzow in einzelnen Porträts)

GDR, 1980, 247 min, color/b&w
In German; English subtitles and voice over
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An anthology of portraits from one of the longest-running documentary projects in film history, which has followed children who started school in August 1961 for almost five decades (the last part was released in 2007). No DEFA documentary film is as renowned as the personal accounts of the children of Golzow. Interviews with and observations of Brigitte, Juergen, Marieluise, Winfried and Elke, as well as the other children in the Oderbruch village provides a unique perspective of daily life in the German Democratic Republic.


Children of Golzow: Individual Portraits was part eight in the series of twenty films that were produced from 1961 to 2007. It draws on filming up to 1980, creating a social panorama of growing up in the GDR. 




1982 Silver Bear for Best Documentary, Berlin Film Festival

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