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Out in Ost-Berlin - Lesben und Schwule in der DDR
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- Galeria Alaska Productions
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- Documentary Film
Unlike the Federal Republic, by 1968 homosexuality was already de-criminalised in the German Democratic Republic’s penal code. But the ‘workers’ and farmers’ state' did not exactly welcome its gay and lesbian citizens with open arms; their sexuality was taboo and they were often marginalised from public life. The ‘bewitched’ generation that had seen the war and were now trying to live lives of inconspicuous normality felt threatened by younger homosexuals who came out and demanded spaces in which to express themselves. Thirteen moving biographies depict the private and political developments that led to opposition against the state apparatus. The founders of East Berlin’s LGBT movement, the ‘Terrorlesben’ from Prenzlauer Berg, gay Communists and church groups – they all wanted to change the system and hoped for a society in which they could be more open about their sexuality. When the first homosexuals began applying to leave the GDR they became a problem and ‘Stasi Romeos’ began schmoozing young gay men. Archive footage from broadcast news and excerpts from old GDR newsreels illustrate the historical dimension of these individual biographies.
BIOGRAFIE Jochen Hick
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
BIOGRAFIE Andreas Strohfeldt
Born in 1962, he studied in Moscow before moving to Saint Petersburg where he organised Queer Cinema screenings and retrospectives. He has written and directed various short films.
FILMOGRAFIE Andreas Strohfeldt (selection)
2013 Out in Ost-Berlin - Lesben und Schwule in der DDR 2011 Transglobal 2011 DDR unterm Regenbogen 2010 From Here to Timbuktu 2008 MAPa