Rangierer © DEFA-Stiftung
A GDR version of cinéma verité (filmed with Thomas Plenert’s 35mm hand camera), this film offers viewers a glimpse into the physically-demanding and dangerous precision work of experienced shunters. Day and night, in all kinds of weather, they hook and unhook railway cars in the largest goods-and-shunting station in the former GDR: Dresden-Friedrichstadt. Impressive images of the dignity of the working man.
This short film is available for purchase or streaming as part of the DVD collection Art | Work: Six Shorts.
“Shunters is a symbolic film which manages without symbols. Watching everyday routine in a shunt yard opens up a view of the entire world.”
— Rolf Richter, Film und Fernsehen