BROKEN

The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck

a film by Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl

BROKEN

2016 | 07:00 min

Original Title:
KAPUTT

Content Categories

Documentary Short film
Synopsis
Gabriele Stötzer and Birgit Willschütz were political inmates at Hoheneck Castle, the most notorious women’s prison in East Germany. Their story is one of overcrowded cells, despotic hierarchies, ruthless everydays, and the enduring effects of incarceration. Most of all, however, it is about the crushing pressure of forced labour. Prisoners at Hoheneck manufactured millions of pantyhose, bed sheets, and other products for West German retailers, bringing enormous profits to both sides of the Iron Curtain. Part of the young animadoc tradition, the seven-minute film pairs original audio interview extracts with abstract, monochrome animation.
Festivals/Awards
2016
Berlinale SHORTS, ITFS Stuttgart

2019 FIPADOC
Cast and Crew
  • Director Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl
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