Living in Demmin

a film by Martin Farkas

Living in Demmin

Germany | 2017 | 90:00 min

Original Title:
ÜBER LEBEN IN DEMMIN

Synopsis
“After all, these are not good memories, fun memories. And really, that time is buried.” Between 30 April and 4 May 1945, several hundred civilians commited mass suicide in the Pomeranian town of Demmin. There was desperation between the ideological void and the fear of the Red Army. Whole families drowned, hanged or poisoned themselves. The nervousness of the old citizens of Demmin whom Martin Farkas visits is still noticeable: not a hand that stays motionless during the interview – they are rubbed against skirts or twitch all over the place. One inhabitant describes the perfection of the city before the war and the “tinkering” that began after it was over and is still going on today. “Tinkering” is not a bad term for what is going on in Demmin and what Farkas is looking to illustrate in his film. There are the right wing extremists who abuse the consequences of that mass hysteria as an occasion for an annual funeral march on 8 May, the anniversary of the German surrender. There are the citizens of Demmin who turn away, part disgusted, part indifferent. There are counter-rallies and a few mostly contemporary witnesses, who open up about their memories for the first time after 70 years. (Carolin Weidner, DOK Leipzig)
Festivals/Awards
DOK Leipzig - Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
Cast and Crew
  • Director Martin Farkas
  • Producer Annekatrin Hendel
  • Director of Photography Roman Schauerte, martin langner, Martin Farkas
  • Digital Imaging Technician Felix Trolldenier
  • Editor Jörg Hauschild, Catrin Vogt
  • Sound Moritz Springer, Urs Krüger
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