a film by Dörte Franke, Marc Bauder


Germany | 2010 | 91:00 min

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Society Politics Social Issue

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91min or 60min I HD I 16:9 I original German version with English subtitles available
“You have no chance, but use it!” That’s roughly how the power structures in East-Berlin in December 1989 could be described. On one side the apparatus of the state, which desperately clung to power. On the other side a heap of fragmented opposition groups, from the Neues Forum to Demokratischer Aufbruch - estimates assume there were 600 activists at the time - and a population who were only just beginning to see themselves as a people. Representatives of both sides faced each other at the Round Table. Previously unpublished material in this film shows how they struggled for every inch of power, every word. After all, the subject matter was nothing less than basic political legitimisation, the state’s power monopoly and the National Security Agency. To create a chance for a “third way”, as the opposition groups hoped, they would have had to implement their own constitution. Three former member of the opposition groups reflect on this four month power vacuum as a period of time when utopia was within their grasp.
DOK Leipzig
achtung berlin
docudays Kiew, Ukraine
One World Festival, Slowakei
Cast and Crew
  • Director Dörte Franke, Marc Bauder
  • Producer Marc Bauder
  • Screenwriter Marc Bauder, Dörte Franke
  • Director of Photography Börres Weiffenbach
  • Editor Jana Teuchert
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