Home Movies from the Wende Museum

(Daily Life on 8mm)

GDR, n/a, 25 min, color/b&w
No dialogue


Kate Dollenmayer, Audiovisual Archivist at The Wende Museum in Los Angeles, is screening four super-8mm home movies by GDR amateur filmmakers during our 2015 Summer Film Institute.


While some East Germans were part of organized film clubs, these films were made by hobbyists documenting their personal lives—holidays, trips, family events—for their own private use.


We are grateful to The Wende Museum for making the following shorts available for the 2015 Summer Film Institute:

  • The Hoffman family, Wernigerode, 1968
  • Kerstin's first day of school, Berlin, 1970
  • Jugendweihe Youth Ceremony, 1977 (location unknown)
  • Vacation at Lake Balaton in Hungary, 1970s (date unknown)


NOTE: This film is not available at the DEFA Film Library. For more information on access to Wende Museum collections, see: www.wendemuseum.org


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