© DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst
The Disco Film series, initiated by film composer Günther Fischer and produced by the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films between 1975 and 1981, was designed to be shown in East German cinemas before the main feature film. Most of the over 40 short films feature popular music groups of the time. This unique genre combines a variety of elements including documentary filmmaking, experimental animation, and DJ-style sampling. Today they provide a fascinating look into the beginnings of music video culture and the role of popular music in the GDR of the 1970s.