Sabine Kleist, Age 7

Original title: (Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre)
GDR, 1982, 70 min, color
In German; English subtitles

Since her parents died in a car accident, Sabine has lived in an orphanage. When Edith—her beloved caretaker and the only adult she trusts—leaves to have a baby, Sabine runs away. Like Alice in Wonderland, the spunky little girl wanders through the city of Berlin, observing life and meeting people. After two days and nights filled with amusing and poignant stories, she realizes there is a place she belongs.


Helmut Dziuba, director of many children’s and youth film classics, tells his prize-winning story from Sabine’s subjective viewpoint. The film’s themes of loss, loneliness, and death stand out as markedly atypical and bold—especially, but not only in the context of East German cinema.

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Sabine Kleist, Age 7

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