Rebellinnen – Fotografie. Underground. DDR

A film by Pamela Meyer-Arndt. In German with eng­lisch subtitles.

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The rough, unk­empt faca­des in Prenzlauer Berg – as if the skin had been pee­led off the hou­ses, says pho­to­grapher Tina Bara. Having grown up in a pre­fa­bri­ca­ted buil­ding, the young woman was drawn to East Berlin. She quick­ly got in con­flict with the sta­te, just like the artists Cornelia Schleime and Gabriele Stötzer, whom direc­tor Pamela Meyer-Arndt ques­ti­ons in her film about memo­ries, trau­mas and crea­ti­ve genesis.

Stötzer, Schleime, Bara – none of them had it easy in the GDR. One of them ended up in pri­son for a peti­ti­on, the other was har­ried by refu­sed exit per­mits, all of them suf­fe­r­ed psy­cho­lo­gi­cal­ly to the point of pain. Spying, abu­se and oppres­si­on are reflec­ted in the women’s works. Tina Bara’s dark self-por­traits, taken in a spar­se Berlin apart­ment, Cornelia Schleime’s pain­tings denoun­ced as “gar­ba­ge art”, Gabriele Stötzer’s pho­to series of women in cut-up dres­ses and run­ny make up – tes­ti­mo­nies of despe­ra­ti­on, but also evi­dence of the urge for uncon­di­tio­nal self-expres­si­on. Meyer-Arndt visits the artists, redis­co­vers places from the past with them and obser­ves the crea­ti­on of new works. The nar­ra­ti­ves shock and touch, and at the same time inspi­re awe for the vehe­men­t­ly cho­sen paths in life which more than once skir­ted very clo­se to the abyss.

Carolin Weidner


DE 2022 84 Min.
Regie, Buch: Pamela Meyer-Arndt
Kamera: Lars Barthel
Montage: Andreas Zitzmann

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