Last to Know
(Jeder schweigt von etwas anderem)
The stories of four – out of approximately 250,000 – former political prisoners in East Germany. Back then, they couldn't keep silent; but now, 20 years after the fall of the Wall, it is still difficult to answer the questions of their children and friends, and come to terms with a very personal and painful past.
This moving documentary features four former political prisoners in East Germany – people who were imprisoned for reading banned books, writing poetry and leading alternative lifestyles. Exceptional bonus features, specially designed for educators, include a secret police training film and their files on one of the political prisoners (translated into English).
“The documentary counterpart to The Lives of Others.”
— Hamburger Morgenpost
“[This film offers] a contrasting discussion to comedies like Good Bye, Lenin! An important contribution to the cinematic debate about the GDR’s past.”
— Der Tagesspiegel
“A compelling bridge to the present time.”
— Berliner Zeitung
- Filmmaker Biographies & Filmographies
- Interview with the Filmmakers
- Stasi Statistics
- Operation: Auditor (1984, b/w, 9 min.), produced by the Stasi
- Protagonist Biographies
- Anne Gollin’s Original Stasi Files