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OUT IN EAST BERLIN - LESBIANS AND GAYS IN THE GDR

by Jochen Hick, Andreas Strohfeldt

synopsis

Unlike in the Federal Republic, by 1968 homosexuality was already de-criminalised in the German Democratic Republic’s penal code. But the ‘workers’ and farmers’ state’ did not exactly welcome its gay and lesbian citizens with open arms; their sexuality was taboo and they were often marginalised from public life. The generation of gay men and women who had seen the war and were now trying to live lives of inconspicuous normality felt threatened by younger homosexuals who came out and demanded spaces in which to express themselves. Thirteen moving biographies depict the private and political developments which led to opposition against the state apparatus.

international title: Out in East Berlin - Lesbians and Gays in the GDR
original title: Out in Ost-Berlin - Lesben und Schwule in der DDR
country: Germany
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Jochen Hick, Andreas Strohfeldt
film run: 93'
release date: DE 31/10/2013
screenplay: Jochen Hick, Andreas Strohfeldt
cinematography by: Jochen Hick, Thomas Zahn
film editing: Thomas Keller
music: Matthias Köninger, Stefan Kuschner
producer: Jochen Hick
production: Galeria Alaska Productions
distributor: Déjà vu
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