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Germany

The History of the Federal Republic of Germany

Presents a chronological overview of the history of the Federal Republic of Germany between the years 1945 to 1991. Contents: Part 1. 1945-1955 (30 min.) -- Part 2. 1956-1968 (30 min.) -- Part 3. 1969-1988 (30 min.) -- Part 4. 1989-1991 (30 min.). 1989-1993. Four min. total running time.

The Nation Returns.

This program looks at Germany re-unified: while there was an East/West, communist/capitalist split, Germany could forget nationalism but since reunification it is now back with a vengeance. The liberals don't like the Germany they have and the neo-Nazis love a Germany that doesn't exist. 50 min.

The Wall.

A film from the painter and documentary filmmaker Jurgen Bottcher. His topic: the Berlin Wall, its last days and its highly anticipated destruction. Against an acoustic backdrop of construction equipment, Bottcher composed the film by projecting historical places in Berlin, historic motion pictures, wooden crosses for the victims of the wall, colorful graffiti, the rushing masses and relentless media and other scenes on the broken-down wall. c1999. 96 min.

The Wall: A World Divided

Chronicles the history of the Berlin Wall, from its construction in 1961 to the opening in 1989. Examines the lives of ordinary citizens caught in the politics of the Cold War, the extraordinary efforts of East Berliners to cross to the West, and the birth of the freedom movement in East Germany's Protestant Church. Contents: Introduction -- "No one has any intention to build a wall" -- A matter of life and death -- Daily life in the GDR -- Spark of revolution -- Showdown in Leipzig -- The fall of the wall. Produced and directed by Eric Stange. Originally broadcast on PBS on June 28, 2010.

The Weimar Republic, 1918-1933

A documentary using archival films to cover the history of Germany from 1918 through 1933. Program summary: Emergence of democracy -- "November criminals" -- Civil unrest -- Treaty of Versailles -- Treaty of Rapallo -- French invasion of the Ruhr -- Hyper-inflation -- Gustave Stresemann and the "golden years of the Weimar Republic" -- Outpouring of cultural and intellectual ideas -- Depression -- Rise of the Nazi Party -- Failure of democracy. c2002. 28 min.

Unter Deutschen: Eindrucke aus einem fremden Land

In this documentary the filmmaker explores the question of German identity after unification through traveling and talking to countless people, viewing numerous people think of themselves, of their country, and of the future. PAL format tape. In German. 1995. 89 min.

Walter Kempowski: Chronicler Exhibition "40 + 10" (KuBus 22)

Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 is an interview with Walter Kempowski, one of the most widely read contemporary German authors of today. Part 2 visits Germany's Museum for Contemporary History in Bonn which is presenting an exhibition on 50 years of history of the Federal Republic of Germany: 40 years of separate history and 10 years of joint history. 1998. 22 min.

Was heisst'n hier multikulturell?

In the summer of 1994, a youth project was organised by BMW corporation and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Friedenspadagogik, which sent young people out with video cameras in Munich's Haidhausen district to collect spontaneous reactions to a number of questions dealing with tolerance towards people of different ethnic backgrounds who are rubbing shoulders here with the local population. In German; PAL format tape. 1994. 30 min.

Weimar: A Modern Day Renaissance City

In 1999, Weimar is the cultural capital of Europe. This alone would be reason enough for a profile of the city. But in addition, this year also marks the 250th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The film shows the history and present of this city in Thuringia. Numerous interviews portray a lively impression of Weimar's past and present and look ahead to the future. 59 min.

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