In the late 1950s, the collectivization of agriculture is in full swing in the East German village of Willshagen on the German-German border. Those in charge have to face many obstacles, especially from a large-scale farmer who is unwilling to join the co-op.
Martin and his friend Kathrin find their youth abruptly ended in March 1920, when their village is drawn into the events surrounding the reactionary Kapp Putsch.
Berlin, November 9th, 1989. Thousands of people break through the border checkpoints of the divided city. The "death strip" has lost its horror. East and West Berliners are dancing on the Wall and chip it away with hammers and chisels throughout the night.
Twelve-year-old Ede comes from a very poor family in Berlin, and he wishes for a bicycle so that he could earn more money at his job as a newspaper boy. When a group of gypsies moves to town, Ede's family and friends are upset by his friendship with Unku, a gypsy girl.
Konrad Weiß' lyrical, music-filled homage to Chile's struggle for social justice addresses East German youth. He focuses on the lives of Chilean children as a means to document the situation in Chile in the years before and after Pinochet's military coup.
Nine-year-old Adam lives alone with his father while his mother studies out of town. He is a clever boy with an active imagination. One day, a grateful swan gives him a magic flashlight. When its rays shine on someone who is lying, the person floats up into the air!
Ten days in the life of socialist politician Clara Zetkin. In August 1932, she is summoned from Archangelskoje near Moskow to open the new legislative session because at seventy-five, she is the oldest representative in the German Reichstag.
After 50 years, Marek remembers his dangerous adventure as a five-year-old, when he and his friend Itzek left a Polish transit camp one night in 1942 – a few days before their evacuation to Auschwitz – to go get the toys they forgot at the ghetto.
This film documents important parts of the East German rock music scene of the late 1980s, from well-established bands like Silly to underground rock bands like Feeling B.
Army officer Manfred von der Lohe (Jürgen Frohriep) returns to West Germany from a special training program in the United States, only to learn that he has been exposed to a potentially fatal dose of radiation during an atomic test.