September 28, 2011 | 6:00pm
Filmkunst 66, Berlin

Film Screening: One Germany: The Other Side of the Wall

To mark the twentieth anniversary of German reunification in October 2010, the Wende Museum hosts an advanced, rough-cut screening of the documentary film One Germany: 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’s reunification in 1990.

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 identities.

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.

 

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