In this silhouette animation film, a teacher tells his students a traditional fairy tale from Ghana: Anansi, a clever but self-centered spider, wants to gain power over all the other animals by controlling their wisdom.
This black-and-white documentary portrays the life of Wilhelm Pieck and his ascent from young working-class revolutionary to the first president of the GDR. Archival film, historical photos, and documents from the period between 1914 and 1945 trace the history of Germany during his lifetime.
Willi and Adelheid Busch have inherited a local newspaper from their father. But ever since the German-German border split the region, cutting off half of their former customer base, there hasn't been much to report in their now-provincial town and the paper has been struggling financially.
A new city, a new house – it could be a happy moment in the life of this small family. But Nina (Isabelle Menke), a doctor, feels estranged in the half-empty rooms and leaves her family behind. When she returns, she learns that her absence has not been without consequences.
This short documentary portrays the life and work of the important Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). It features a rich spectrum of his works in (former East) German collections, including the Old Masters Gallery in Dresden.
This short documentary shows how the restlessness of youth can be channeled into boxing, promoting a healthy, youthful national pastime and sports culture.
It is available for rent as part of the DVD collection Chronicle of Film 1958.
Shortly before the collapse of the GDR, Helke Misselwitz traveled the country by train to interview East German women of different ages and backgrounds.
A tailor drives his sons from the house because he mistakenly believes they have allowed his goats to go hungry on purpose. In the course of their travels, each brother is given a magical gift.
In 1949, superstition still thrives in the Thuringian village of Hunsdorf. Pigs keep disappearing from different farmyards and the village residents naturally blame the problem on witches.
With a train layover of one hour in Berlin, the Czech Jelinek wants to go to the fair. But as he reaches the top of the Ferris wheel it stops spinning, and he misses the train where he left all his luggage and his passport.