Original title: (Wende Flicks)
GDR, 1988/1992, color
In German; English subtitles

This eleven-DVD set presents eight feature films and four documentaries made by East German filmmakers in the period leading up to and after the fall of the Berlin Wall – that is, the Wende period, or great turning point in contemporary German history. With extensive bonus features, these films give insight into the challenges of film production in a period of radical upheaval; please see individual film pages for more information.


This collection includes the following feature films:

  • The Architects (Kahane, 1990)
    A young architect struggles to effect change in East Germany
  • Herzsprung (Misselwitz, 1992)
    Three years after the Wall, unemployment and racism are rampant
  • Jana and Jan (Dziuba, 1991)
    Two teenagers in juvenile detention, where their love is taboo
  • The Land beyond the Rainbow (Kipping, 1991)
    A harsh, yet poetic critique of Stalinism
  • Latest from the Da-Da-R (Foth, 1990)
    The satire of cabaret-artists Mensching & Wenzel
  • Miraculi (Weiß, 1991)
    Avant-garde images of a universal uncertainty and shattered world
  • The Mistake (Carow, 1991)
    An East-West love story – when such love was illegal
  • Silent Country (Dresen, 1992)
    A tragicomedy set in the last months of East Germany


This collection includes the following documentaries:

  • Leipzig in the Fall (Kroske/Voigt, 1989)
    The Monday demonstrations of the Peaceful Revolution
  • Eastern Landscape (Schreiber, 1991)
    The East as a landscape of discarded lives (On the Leipzig in the Fall DVD)
  • The Wall (Böttcher, 1989/90)
    A poetic meditation on the Berlin Wall
  • whisper & SHOUT (Schumann, 1988)
    A look at the East German punk & glam rock scene of the 1980s


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