Children's Home

Original title: (Heim)
GDR, 1978/1990, 26 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

A film about children and teenagers living in an East German children’s home in Mentin, Mecklenburg in the late 1970s. They talk openly about their past experiences, how they affected their lives and why they ended up in the home, describing unstable home situations, domestic violence and their parents’ alcohol abuse. But these young people also share their hopes for the future.


This documentary was produced as an opening film for Roland Gräf's feature film P.S. (1978), about an 18-year-old who spends his like on a children's home. The documentary was banned by officials, however, who accused it of painting a picture of a country with many social and family problems. It was never shown before the Wall came down in the 1989.


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Children's Home

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