EarthDay@Goethe Biology!

Biologie ©DEFA Stiftung, Dieter Jaeger

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In a small East German town shortly before the fall of the Wall, Ulla, a sensitive and principled 10th-grader, meets computer-obsessed Winfried, son of the manager of a chemical plant. On a field trip with her biology class, Ulla discovers that a trout farm and weekend home are being built illegally in a local conservation area. She passionately agitates to stop the construction project, but the situation gets complicated when she discovers that Winfried’s father is responsible. As her school friends gradually give up on saving the reserve, Ulla is left to face serious consequences.
Biology! was one of very few East German films to address environmental issues. The topic was taboo in the GDR, which categorized all data on environmental damage as classified. In the 1980s, grassroot activists nevertheless began a small but vigorous environmental movement.
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Director: Jörg Foth
GDR, 1990, 86 min