From Us To Me and From Marks & Spencer to Marx and Engels
FROM US TO ME
Amber Films/Moving Films, UK/Germany, 2016, 86 mins.
For 40 years East Germany was ruled by a strict and secretive communist government, on the geographical edge but political heart of the Soviet bloc. In 1987, Amber gained unprecedented access to film everyday life inside the GDR - but only the side of life the state let them see.
In 2004, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall the crew return to the places and people they visited then, to see how their lives have changed and how they recall the "workers paradise".
German reunification brought with it different things for different people. For those whose lives were shaped behind the iron curtain, such sudden upheaval had a seismic impact for better or for worse. This insightful documentary explores the lives of ordinary citizens of the opaque German Democratic Republic, as well as how their lives and prospects have changed since.
FROM MARKS & SPENCER TO MARX AND ENGELS
Amber Films, UK, 1988, 57 mins.
In October 1987 Amber were the first and only British film crew to be invited to make a documentary inside the German Democratic Republic. What resulted was a unique portrait of daily life in the East German shipbuilding and fishing town of Rostock and the questions facing the filmmakers as they documented the community