One Germany: The Other Side of The Wall

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To mark the 20th anniversary of German reunification in October 2010, The Wende Museum hosted an advanced, rough-cut screening of the documentary film Germany Reunified: The Other Side of the Wall, produced by Gabriele Hayes and directed by Mark Hayes with support from The Wende Museum.  The film explores the ongoing cultural impact of Germany‚Äôs reunification in 1990.

The film will be screened again in Berlin on Wednesday, October 12 at 8 PM at Filmkunst 66, Bleibtreustrasse 12, 10623 Berlin. For more information, visit the film's website:

Why do many Germans from the East still speak of themselves as "Ossis" and refer to their cousins from the West as "Wessis?" Will they ever really become one country?

After reunification, life went on in the West virtually unchanged. But for those in the East, life as they knew it ceased to exist. People read their Stasi files and learned that best friends and spouses had betrayed them. Friendships were destroyed. Many lost their jobs and with their jobs, their identity.

Despite all of the negatives associated with the cruel regime of the former East Germany, many are experiencing "Ostalgia" -- a nostalgia for the old times. They still love their two-stroke, smoke belching Trabis. Former Stasi prisoners, dissidents, politicians, artists, comedians, Ossis, and Wessis all put their spin on a wide range of issues.

Original footage of East German life shot by the filmmakers is interwoven with gripping personal stories.