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Der Ost-Komplex

90 min.
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Galeria Alaska Productions
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Documentary Film

Even now, twenty-five years after German reunification, historians are still debating whether the GDR was an illegitimate state. In his current work, Jochen Hick, several of whose films have screened in the Panorama, tells the story of ex-GDR citizen Mario Röllig. Hick accompanies him as he visits his parents and his former colleagues but also the sites of his attempted flight from the GDR and his incarceration. Röllig started a relationship with a politician from West Berlin back in 1985 and was arrested in Hungary in 1987 for attempting to flee the German Democratic Republic; in 1988 the Federal Republic of Germany purchased his freedom. Today he regularly talks about his experiences in schools; he also volunteers as a guide at the former Stasi prison in Hohenschönhausen in Berlin that is now a memorial. Hick stays close to his subject at all times but remains neutral, instead observing and asking questions from behind the camera. In confrontations with GDR-sympathisers Rölling is accused of distorting history and it becomes abundantly clear that the battle to have the last word on how the history of the GDR should be interpreted is riddled with taboos and fraught with individual traumas.


Born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1960, he studied film at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg and also in Bologna between 1981 and 1987. He has worked as a freelance writer, journalist, director and producer for film and television. In 1994 he founded his own production company, Galeria Alaska Productions. Between 2007 and 2010 he was editor-in-chief and deputy director of programming at TIMM TV channel. Out in Ost-Berlin – Lesben und Schwule in der DDR (Out in East Berlin – Lesbians and Gays in the GDR) screened in Panorama in 2013, and Der Ost-Komplex (The GDR Complex) in 2016.

FILMOGRAFIE Jochen Hick (selection)

2017 Mein wunderbares West-Berlin  2016 Der Ost-Komplex  2013 Out in Ost-Berlin - Lesben und Schwule in der DDR  2009 The Good American  2008 EAST/WEST - Sex & Politics  2005 Cycles Of Porn - Sex/Life in L.A. - Part 2  2003 Ich kenn keinen – Allein unter Heteros  2000 No One Sleeps  1998 Sex/Life in L.A  1995 Menmaniacs - The Legacy of Leather  1992 Willkommen in Dom  1991 Willkommen im Dom 

Interview with Jochen Hick

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