Filmforum, Germany 2021, 80 Min., ger., low ger. OV, ger. st

“They locked us away. For absolutely no reason.” Bruno Niedzwetzki was nineteen years old when a neighbour claimed to have recognized his voice in a pub brawl. He was sentenced to three years in the infamous East German Bützow prison for defamation of the army. The gruelling time in overfilled cells, the interrogations, and the violence have left their traces on the now eighty-year-old man. Siegfried Jahnke and Klaus Rintelen were also victims of the Stasi’s arbitrary justice. Jahnke, a young farmer, was arrested while working in his fields for alleged spying and incitement to a boycott. Rintelen, a medical student, spoke out against the transformation of the university into a military academy and paid for it not only with his freedom, but also with his health. The three men talk about the injustices of the East German legal system and about personal experiences that affected their lives and that are inscribed upon their bodies. They are witnesses to a period of German history at risk of being forgotten.

Presentation of this film in cooperation with the Willy-Brandt-Haus Lübeck.

Director Margot Neubert-Maric, Gisela Tuchtenhagen

Producer Margot Neubert-Maric, Gisela Tuchtenhagen

Production Company Utbüxen Filmproduktion GbR, Brahmsallee 8, 20144 Hamburg, Mail: utbuexen-filmproduktion@gmx.de

Cast Siegfried Jahnke, Bruno Niedzwetzki, Dr. Klaus Rintelen

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