And if they are not dead – they still live today

And if they are not dead - they still live today

And if they are not dead – then they are still alive today

  After 2006, the first two parts of the conclusion of the now-famous Golzow saga were produced, now come to Part 3 a.m. to 4 p.m., the final final episode in the cinemas, which were completed last year. Over 2570 minutes to include the gigantic long-term documentation of children, adolescents and adults later, in 1961, and a small film in black and white on their first school days in the small town in Brandenburg Golzow began 80 kilometers east of Berlin, in September this year, its 700-year anniversary will celebrate.

Within the history of cinema is the Golzow Project, which succeeded in 18 of the then 26 first-graders in four and a half decades, portraying over long distances, is absolutely unique. The original idea for this came from the German documentary filmmaker Charles Gass, was one of the most important filmmakers of this genre in the GDR and has completed over one hundred DEFA films. The Government has Gass, who acted first as a Group leader and mentor of the shooting to transfer his former assistant Winfried Junge, fearing that the grounds of age at the time of the year 2000 envisioned the end of the film study is no longer able to personally accompany.

The focus of the last two parts of the closing film of the children of Golzow are the portraits of five former students who were enrolled at the time of the Wall. Part 3 shows material about Elke, Gudrun and Karin, make their life’s very different, as well as their willingness to shoot himself. For thirty years, refused to Elke the camera until she finally gave information about their lives, like Karin, who went to the turn to the West, where she still lives and works as a geriatric nurse. Gudrun, the embarking on a political career as a trained cook and until the collapse of the GDR, it was very close, in a neighboring municipality of Golzow held the post of Mayor, however, in 1991, this grew out of the project. Of the machinists Bernhard and Eckhard part 4 is The two men remain close friends and had previously belonged to the more restrained children who presented themselves to the side of the camera. The end of the mammoth documentary returns within an epilogue to the sandbox of Golzow, where the saga took its beginning, and thus completes the circle around the film accompanied by long histories.

Since 1992, led the former assistant Winfried Young and his wife Barbara directed the films, and even if the final pieces are now turned, the couple will get his protagonist, because there really are friendly relations between them. The former child of Golzow, which are now over 50 and some even already have grandchildren, for a reunited Germany is a matter of course, begin with their personal histories and an eventful chapter in German history. The value of the extensive documentation consists not least in their social, historical and political dimensions, whose presentation is unique about such a long period of time.

The Chronicle of the individual films have been shown at several festivals and received numerous grants and awards and have been broadcast several times on television, in Germany and in Austria, Switzerland and France. The book appeared in 2004 Resumes – The children of Golzow by Barbara and Winfried Junge, edited by Dieter Wolf for the formation of the whole project so far documented and its sequel, the young may well imagine, because even with the tremendous amount of cinematic saga is far from everything has been told.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: And if they are not dead – they still live Original Title: The children of Golzow (part 3 and 4) Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2007 Length: 290 (Min) of material: Progress Film Distribution

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