Progress In The Valley Of The People Who Don’t Know
Documentary, Director: Florian Kunert, Germany 2019, 67 min., Ger./Arab. with En. ST
Syrian refugees and former GDR citizens stage a special kind of integration course at a disassembled location. The former factory „Fortschritt“ at Neustadt in Saxony produced agricultural machinery, which also got exported to Syria. After the Wall came down, it served as an accommodation for refugees. One of the former workers is excited to try out his rusty Arabic with the young men as they recreate everyday life in the GDR – with attendance ceremonies, Trabant cars, and folk songs. They look for common ground, struggle with realities, and, above all, linger the loss of home. The situation is particularly hard on the Syrians, none of whom really wants to stay in the Valley of the People Who Don’t Know anyway. Kunert’s feature film debut is a clever attempt at depicting the East German experience from the perspective of newcomers.
Double Feature On Place And Memory
Two Film, which take a very different but equally compelling look on the topic of Place and Memory