This historical film is set in a village in Mecklenburg during the mid-19th century. The law requires that Mariken and Johann obtain the local Baron's permission before they can marry and live on his land, but their request is denied because Mariken once rejected the Baron's advances.
This is the first of a masterly chronicle of seven documentaries made over a twenty-three year period. Koepp not only investigates how young women in an agricultural region become workers at a knitting factory, but also how industry changes their lives and thoughts.
The third installment in the Wittstock documentary series centers primarily on Edith Rupp and her role as an assembly line supervisor at the Ernst Lück textile plant in the small town of Wittstock.
A new kind of normality that has taken hold in Wittstock and filmmaker Volker Koepp has captured it for us – definitely for the last time, he says. The big factory is no longer there. Elsbeth goes from one retraining course to another, always on the hunt for a job.
In spite of their grandmother's warnings, seven little goats open the door for the big bad wolf, who procedes to gobble up all but one of them! When the mother goat finds her seventh kid, she knows she must rescue the others from the wolf's belly.
Renown (East) German scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase collaborated with director Konrad Wolf on the 1973 DEFA feature film The Naked Man on the Sports Field. In this interview, Kohlhaase talks about his friendship with sculptor Werner Stötzer, which was the inspiration for the script.
Soldier Ignaz Wolz returns from WWI with an immeasurable hatred of capitalist war profiteers. He decides to start his own revolution, but tries to stay away from the organized class struggle. He steals from the rich men and divides the wealth among the poor.
Karl and Richard, two German soldiers captured by the Russians in World War I, become very close friends—so close that Richard shares intimate stories about his wife, Anna. Through these stories, Karl falls in love with her in his thoughts.
Lydia Kowalenko is fired from the pharmaceutical company where she has worked for many years because she refused to help cover up the use of a dangerous chemical.
Turbine Potsdam was one of the GDR's most successful women's soccer teams, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the players and the strict coaching of Bernd Schröder.
This documentary includes interviews with the team and footage of their practices and competitions.