In Transit: Report for Posterity

Original title: (Im Durchgang – Protokoll für das Gedächtnis)
GDR, 1990, 85 min, color/b&w
In German; English subtitles

Over the course of a year, starting in March 1989, director Kurt Tetzlaff follows Alexander Schulz, an 18-year-old high-school student and son of a pastor. Alexander openly discusses his non-conformist political views. Full of hope, he joins the citizens’ movement in fall 1989; but after the first free elections held in the GDR on March 18, 1990, he realizes that his hopes are in vain.


The documentary was followed by a sequel, In Transition: A Record of Hope, showing the next year of Alexander's life up to German reunification. 

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In Transit: Report for Posterity

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