Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg: Encounters between May 1 and July 1, 1990

Original title: (BERLIN – PRENZLAUER BERG – Begegnungen zwischen dem 1. Mai und dem 1. Juli 1990)
Germany, 1990, 75 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

The Prenzlauer Berg band Herbst in Peking plays at an abandoned strip of the Berlin Wall and sings “We need a revolution. The system ain’t gonna change, unless we make it change.” This 1987 song accompanied the changes in the GDR, but at this point, this country is already almost history! 


In this documentary the director Petra Tschörtner follows people of all social backgrounds and ages, including professional photographer Harald Hauswald and Aljoscha Rompe from the band Feeling B. She records situations in their daily life in the Prenzlauer Berg district of (East) Berlin and explores the feelings, hopes, expectations and fears people are experiencing during the historic Wende period; first experiences of not predicted drastic political and social changes already entered people’s lives and have caused the disappearance of familiar realties. Some reflect on experiences right after WWII in comparison to what is going on now. 


Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, known in the GDR for its diverse counterculture, in May and June, 1990—the last two months before the German-German currency union on July 1. Director Petra Tschörtner (1958-2012), one of few female East German documentary filmmakers, paints a picture of the confused, hopeful, sometimes anarchistic, nostalgic and melancholic atmosphere preceding German unification on October 3, 1990… less than a year after the Berlin Wall came down.


Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg: Encounters between May 1 and July 1, 1990

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