Black Box Germany

a film by Andres Veiel

Black Box Germany

Germany | 2001 | 107:00 min

Original Title:
Black Box BRD

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BLACK BOX GERMANY steps back into German history, it shows the Federal Republic of Germany of the 70s and 80s. The country is polarized due to the power struggle of the German state and the “Red Army Fraction”, and thus on a constant brink of civil war. Society is torn, the fronts are irreconcilable.

The life stories of both Wolfgang Grams and Alfred Herrhausen are tragically linked to this era. Grams is the one who takes up arms for moral rigor; Herrhausen, however, seizes power and dies when powerful. Their curricula vitae lead through the enemy camps of the Federal Republic, through opposing worlds that have had a speechless and uncomprehending attitude towards each other until now.

BLACK BOX GERMANY tells the story of the Federal Republic of Germany showing not only the opposite poles but also the story of the survivors. For them too many a question remains unanswered and the void that was caused is too great to allow them to carry on as usual. The fight is over, but the wounds are still open.

European Film Award 2001: Best Documentary
German Film Award 2002: Best Documentary
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2002: Best Documentary
Hessischer Filmpreis 2001: Bester Dokumentarfilm
Golden Camera 2002: Editing Dokumentary Katja Dringenberg
Golden Camera 2002: nominated CameraOperator Jörg Jeshel

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Cast and Crew
  • Director Andres Veiel
  • Producer Thomas Kufus
  • Screenwriter Andres Veiel
  • Director of Photography Jörg Jeshel
  • Editor Katja Dringenberg
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