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From Us To Me

October 1987. Amber Films, a collective based in Newcastle, become the only British film crew to make a documentary inside the German Democratic Republic. In November 1989, a year after the film’s release, the fall of the Wall signals the end of the GDR. 25 years later the British come back…..

Warnemünde, September 2014. In their search for the characters from their 1987 portrait of the small port, the British crew find the place transformed. Then they filmed two groups of workers, a fishing cooperative and a brigade of women crane-drivers in  a shipyard. Today there is no more fishing industry, and little of the shipbuilding.

But the crew locate 8 of the 1987 characters. When the Wende came, most couldn’t believe it. One left the GDR with her husband for a honeymoon and returned, shocked, to a new country. Their subsequent fate personifies the GDR’s wider destiny. Winners, losers, passions fulfilled and frustrated. As they watch themselves from 1987, they plead self-censorship hoping at the time to better themselves. And then there was the Treuhand, leading the western takeover. Today the jobs of 1987 are all but gone. Some will never get over it, but others feel liberated.

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the participants
KARL-HEINZ RUSCHAU
ERNA RUSCHAU
BRITTA KITZEROW-KLAKOW
ANNA KITZEROW-KLAKOW
SYLVIA PUTZKI
CHRISTIAN PUTZKI
MAGDALENA JUNGE
GERHARD JUNGE
SIMONE PAWLITZ
RALF PAWLITZ
CORNELIA ULBRICHT
SILKE NOHR
DOROTHEA HILLER
KATHY VANOVITCH
WINFRIED JUNGE
HERMANN CZIWERNY
LOTHER ESCHKE

the crew

Moving Films
RICHARD GRASSICK
BEATRIX WUPPERMAN

Amber Films
ELLIN HARE
PETER ROBERTS

translation and interviews
KATHERINE VANOVITCH
BEATRIX WUPPERMAN

production accounts
ANNIE ROBSON

music
KEN PATTERSON

performed by
KEN PATTERSON
ELLIN HARE

dubbing mixer
MAGNUS DENNISON

stills
KAI WIEDENHÖFFER
RICHARD GRASSICK

archive news footage
DER SPIEGEL

original 1987 crew
RICHARD GRASSICK
ELLIN HARE
MURRAY MARTIN
PETER ROBERTS

made with the support of
the Media Programme
of the European Union

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