bi'bakino #28


Thursday, 11.05.2017, at 8:30 pm

The Film is shown in presence of the directors Detlef Gumm and Hans-Georg Ullrich

In the film series City, Country, Stranger bi’bakino # 28 shows the film Das Fremde (The Foreign). The documentary was co-produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). In the context of the special historical situation of the post-reunification period in East Germany it reflects different experiences of migration, return and foreignness in one’s own country.

Mr. Mujemba, a doctor of economy from Zaire, visits schools in Brandenburg, in order to reduce children’s preoccupations and prejudices. The Wentzel brothers settle down in Teutschenthal near Halle an der Saale and restore their former family property. A real estate agent from Sauerland wants to buy land to build holiday apartments for West German investors. Mr. von Maltzan, chemist from Berlin, tries to make a new agricultural enterprise from the run-down LPG (former East German agricultural association) on the land of his ancestors. At the German-Polish border, Federal Border Guard officers move into provisional blockhouse settlements. The young Count Solms prepares the migration of his father from Namibia to the Baruther castle. In a Greifswald adult school, a Turkish teacher from Hamburg trains unemployed engineers. Young people in the peripheral area of the former border between East and West Germany complain about the conditions, but can not imagine leaving from home.

As a recurring theme the film presents the reflections of physician Gabriela Willbold, a daughter of an African father and a German mother, who was born in Cottbus in 1961, telling of her life with a different skin color in the GDR and in reunited Germany.

Directors: Detlef Gumm & Hans-Georg Ullrich
DE 1994, 86 min., German

Funded by Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin (LEZ)