Who's Afraid of the Bogeyman

(Wer fürchtet sich vorm schwarzen Mann)

GDR, 1989, 50 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles
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Synopsis

A close-up of Berlin coal carriers from Prenzlauer Berg. No portrayal of heroic workers or progress here. Instead, bright, deeply-felt sketches of rough men and their resolute female boss.

Awards

2019 Retrospective, Self-Determined. Retrospective of Woman Filmmakers, Berlin International Film Festival
1990

La Sept Cultural Television Prize, Cinema du reel Festival Paris

Press comments

“Refreshing and new… A beautiful, sometimes whimsical document of Berlin workers. … A cinematic correction of what, in general, was valued in an East German documentary.”
— Elke Schieber, film historian

 

“Fiercely intent on authenticity, which is why it was shot in ‘outmoded’ black-and-white, the film documents a trade that would soon itself become obsolete – turning it into a survey of social contradictions in East Germany, made just a few months before the country’s political collapse.”

— 2019 Berlin International Film Festival

 

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