Unter Männern - Schwul in der DDR

Unter Männern - Schwul in der DDR

Deutschland 2011/2012, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

"Among Men - Gay in East Germany" addresses the question of how gay men lived and could live their lives under ‘real socialism’, where GDR ideology considered homosexuality to be a remnant of bourgeois decadent morality and harmful to a socialist society. In this documentary we meet six men who talk openly about their social and intimate experiences, some for the first time, and get to know several individuals who could hardly be more diverse, or more contradictory. At one end of the scale is Frank Schäfer, a barber and a shrewd and resourceful individualist; at the other, Eduard Stapel, an academic theologist who founded a GDR-wide network of homosexual associations and upon whom the Stasi firmly set its sights. Even though homosexuality had not been punished since the 1950s, the conspiracy of silence, the condemnation, the pressure to conform to society and to sexual discretion remained. "Among Men" introduces us to a number of strong and – for all their pain – spirited men who were obliged to come to terms with their homosexuality alone, each with their own very different strategies for survival and adjustment.

Source: 62. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Markus Stein, Ringo Rösener
Screenplay:Ringo Rösener (Konzept)
Director of photography:Bernadette Paaßen
Optical effects:Tobias Wiedmer (Digital Colorist)
Editing:Markus Stein, Martin Menzel
Assistant editor:Christoph Sturm
Sound design:Christian Eichler
Sound:Aka F. Umme, Thomas Funk
Audio mixing:Hans Kölling
Music:Moritz Denis
Vocals:Barbara Kind
Production company:Hoferichter & Jacobs Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:Edition Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH (Berlin), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) (Leipzig)
Producer:Olaf Jacobs
Co-Producer:Björn Koll
Producer (TV):Katja Wildermuth (MDR)
Unit production manager:Peter Effenberg
Shoot:: Leipzig, Lauscha (Thüringen), Bismark (Altmark), Berlin
Original distributor:Edition Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM) (Leipzig), Kulturelle Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kulturelle Filmförderung Sachsen (Dresden)
Length:94 min
Format:HD, 1:1,78
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.01.2012, 131309, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2012, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 26.04.2012

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Unter Männern - Schwul in der DDR
Arbeitstitel (DE) Wie ein Stern - Schwul in der DDR

Versions

Original

Length:94 min
Format:HD, 1:1,78
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.01.2012, 131309, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2012, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 26.04.2012
 

Awards

FBW 2012
Dokumentarfilm des Monats
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll