Jana and Jan

Original title: (Jana und Jan)
Germany, 1991, 84 min, color
In German; English subtitles

Fall 1989: Jan is almost 16. Caught while trying to escape to West Germany, he is transferred from prison to a juvenile detention center. Here, he meets Jana … and what starts as a bet, becomes true love. When Jana gets pregnant, the situation spirals out of control. In the summer of 1990, Jana and Jan flee into the insecure future of a new Germany.


In this film the director, internationally known for his critical films about children and young people, cast non-professional actors—some from juvenile detention centers—in the leading roles.


Part of the series WENDE FLICKS: Last Films from East Germany, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Special features:
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Introductory Essay by Sebastian Heiduschke
  • Written Interview with Helmut Dzuiba
  • WENDE FLICKS Series Trailer
  • About The Wende Museum

Jana and Jan

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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