After years in Soviet captivity, farmer Heinz Weimann returns to the village of Bärenweiler, in West Germany. His joy at returning home is clouded by news that US occupation forces intend to build an airfield on village lands, in preparation for a confrontation with the Soviet Union.
An ice cream vendor sports a gas mask as he tries to sell to a swarm of cars. The cars continue on their way, smoking with exhaust. A driver coughs, then his neighbor, then the animals in the forest, the trees, and finally the Earth itself begins to cough.
It is Peter’s last day at work. Every day he works among noisy machines and doesn’t feel his work challenges him. Although he is earning good money, he decides to change his life by leaving the company.
This short documentary calls for compliance with labor protection laws during rubble clearance and reconstruction work. A construction site on Wernerstraße in Berlin is used to to concretely illustrate the positive effects of these laws.
This short film, released in the Film Professions series, highlights the work of the prolific DEFA film editor Evelyn Carow.
This short animation film gives an entertaining overview of the events leading to the Reformation.
Corinna Schmidt comes from an impoverished yet well-known family in late nineteenth-century Berlin. During a social gathering at the home of the Treibel family, Corinna meets the young son, Leopold, who asks for her hand in marriage.
This film about the scientific research of nineteenth-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt was produced by the DEFA Studio for Popular Scientific Films.
The chemist Dr. Hans Scholz lives through a tortuous political transformation and maturation process. Eventually, he adopts political neutrality and closes his eyes to the fact that the poison being produced in his factory is being used in the extermination camps.
A selection of ten Super-8 films made between 1983 and 1989 by young East German artists, musicians, performers and writers, who produced their films outside official channels.