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Locked Up Time (Verriegelte zeit)

Film recounts the personal experiences of prisoners who were incarcerated in East German jails which were closed after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A film by von Sibylle Schonemann. 1991. 90 min.

Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture

Captures the cultural efflorescence in Berlin during the brief span of 15 years following the First World War, when, despite economic upheaval, the city attracted the greatest artistic and scientific talents of the century. Contains a rich flow of memories through commentary intercut with the brilliant drawings of George Grosz and old movie scenes including Berlin, symphony of a great city. 1976. 72 min.

Metropole Berlin

A documentary showing both the old and new Berlin highlighting its architecture and people with visits to street cafes, stylish restaurants and traditional pubs. 2001. In German. PAL format. 45 min.

My Private War.

An invaluable historical record of the journey of six German soldiers who took their amateur movie-cameras to the Russian Front in 1942 and who survived to tell their personal accounts of what went on during that campaign. This remarkably well-preserved footage offers a soldier's-eye view of the day-to-day workings of the Nazi war machine. The narrative voices are those of the soldiers who fifty years later, recall the pressures that coerced them into military service and the emotional repercussions they have experienced in the decades that followed. 1991. 90 min.

My Second Life: East German Women in a Changed World.

When the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, excitement and joy were shared by an entire people. In East Germany the transition into a free market economy, however, proved to be diffuclut. When jobs suddenly became sparse, women were the ones who were pushed off the market and of the more than 4 million women who were employed in East Germany before the wall fell, only 59% are still employed today. Some now call women the great losers of the East German revolution. Yet, interviews with these very women show a wide spectrum of responses to the changes in their lives.

Post-Wall Germany 1990.

Contents: 1. An unknown country -- 2. The Elbe River -- 3. The people of East Germany -- 4. The first all German elections. American journalist Ron Williams explores East Germany through American eyes and presents an intimate portrait of the country and an analysis of the future-role a united Germany can play in western society. 4 tapes, 60 min. each

Revolution DDR: Das Ende eines Staates

A documentary (in German) showing original footage shot during the downfall of the East German regime and of the Berlin wall for DEFA Filmstudios. Examines conditions in East Germany which eventually caused the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany. Among them, a faltering planned economy, travel limitations, environmental degredation caused by outdated industries, limitiations on religious freedom, and demonstrations and revolutions in Eastern Europe against communism. In German. PAL format tape. 1990. 60 min.

Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Computer-generated imagery, re-enactments, archival footage, and expert commentary provide political and historical context for the construction of the Berlin Wall, helping to illustrate how construction progressed over time -- and how it was suddenly demolished by civilians in 1989. Includes first hand accounts from the people who tried to escape this “Wall of Death� by any means possible, including tunnels, hot air balloons, wind surfing boats, bi-planes and a cable railway.

Rockin' the Wall

When the Berlin Wall went up in 1960, it became the worldwide symbol of communist oppression. While the Wall kept people in, it could not keep Western influences like rock music out. Through Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, rock music penetrated the Iron Curtain with messages of freedom and rebellion. This film presents the history of the Berlin Wall through the experiences of well-known rock musicians and those who lived behind the wall.

Schaut auf diese stadt (Look at This City.)

The history of West Berlin from the end of the Second World War to the days following the building of the Wall on August 13, 1961, from the perspective of the leaders of the German Democratic Republic. From a communist perspective the Eastern section of Berlin was portrayed as a city of peace, while the West was portrayed as the source of constant disruptions. West Berlin could only be resisted by forcefully isolating it by the creation of the wall which would secure the possibility of peace in Europe. First released as a motion picture in East Germany in 1962. 80 min.