Film Friday Film: Out in Ost-Berlin

Out in East Berlin © Galeria Alaska Productions

Fri, 09/20/2019

Goethe-Institut San Francisco

530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Director: Jochen Hick, color, 94 min., 2013

Unlike the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic had already de-criminalized homosexuality by 1968. However, the GDR did not exactly welcome its LGBT citizens with open arms. Their sexuality was still taboo and extruded from public life. The film portrays moving biographies of private and political developments and presents people who were trying to change the system and hoped for an open society in which they could embrace their sexual identities.
Jochen Hick uses archival footage and excerpts from GDR newsreels to illustrate the historical dimension of the biographies and, thus, underlines the exciting individual stories from a minority's everyday life in the GDR.