On this episode of the Radio GDR podcast, Ellin Hare talks to us about her documentary about everyday life in East Germany titled ‘From Us to Me.’ They 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…..
Check out the trailer to From Us to Me (watch the movie and then come back to this interview with the Director Ellin Hare.)
Some of the areas of discussion in this episode of Radio GDR about ‘From Us to Me‘ include:
- How did the idea for the movie come about?
- How was the film funded?
- Why Rostock?
- How did Ellin Hare and her team go about selecting the families to profile and interview? (Were they suggested by the authorities or did you have free reign?)
- What was the general reaction to Elli and the crew from the locals?
- Was this Ellin’s first visit to the GDR? What were herr impressions and how did they compare to the image she had of the GDR beforehand
- What was the reaction to the film from the families themselves.
- What led Ellin to wanting to make essentially a second movie about the people from the first movie filmed in 1987?And Much More
Resources mentioned on this Episode of the Radio GDR Podcast
Watch From Us to Me
More about the cast of From Us to Me
Ellin Hare – Amber Film Collective
From Us to Me – Q and A with Ellin Hare
Winfried Junge – prolific film and documentary maker in the GDR. Awarded the
- 1981: National Prize of the GDR III. Class for The Chronicle of the Children of Golzow
Winter adé DDR 1987/1988 short film recommended by Ellin Hare -‘This groundbreaking documentary caused a sensation when it was premiered at the 1988 Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival. It undermined the official image of women in the GDR and challenged the East German claim to have achieved gender equality. At the same time, postulating a new independence, women talked about their lives more openly than had ever been filmed before. Ironically, the director was in the US touring with the film on the night when the Berlin Wall fell … exactly one year after its premiere.’
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Hansa Rostock – yes Shane had to get one football reference in.
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