Song International

(Song International)

GDR, 1971, 45 min, b&w
In German; no subtitles
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Synopsis

Part of an international leftwing movement focusing on songs of political struggle, the Festival of Political Song took place in East Berlin every year from 1970 to 1990. Founded and organized by East German political music groups, the Festival was to be a place for young people from around the world to meet and exchange songs and ideas based on anti-imperialist internationalism.

 

This film documents the 1971 Festival, whose participants joined together to demand the release of Angela Davis from prison in the USA. Groups from all over the world, including Chile's Quilapayún, perform their "revolutionary" message. The film starts with a performance of Lyric Song Club performing “Left March,” by Hanns Eisler and Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Awards

1971 Golden Dove, Leipzig International Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Films

 

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