What is this project all about?
Generation '89 is a project close to the heart of director Anke Ertner, who produced the documentary independently and without subsidies. The film was completed with a very small budget and strong support from the film's protagonists, their families and many colleagues. It then became the surprise success on a number of domestic and foreign independent film festivals (Berlin, London, New York, Malmö and more). German public television showed the film on the 25th anniversary of German reunification in October 2015.
Only recently "Generation '89" received the best possible rating ("highly valuable") from the German State Film and Media Academy in Wiesbaden.
Again and again we were asked: where can I buy the movie on DVD? As we are a completely independent project, so far we lacked the funds for the production of a DVD.
Therefore we need your support! With 5,000 euros, we are able to create the DVD in German language. If we gather even more funds, we could also produce and publish "Generation '89" with subtitles (English, French and / or Spanish). Please help us to bring the previously unknown stories of the Berlin Wall into the living rooms!
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
"Generation '89" is an unusual and even private film that tells the story of the years of change from a very personal angle. On film festivals or theater performances, we often received the following feedback to our film: "I have never heard." or "Finally tells a page of history." or "Now I understand for the first time, why my East German colleague sometimes behave so and so." or "About time that someone goes to show how young people have felt during this time."
The director and her friends are between 14 and 18 years old, when the wall falls. Her parents are teachers, priests or army officers. In the transition from childhood to adulthood, the cornerstones of their existence is questioned. Home, school, state - what was true in the GDR? For them, the generation of '89, the fall of the wall and later the reunification are neither moments of joy nor sorrow. They watch in disbelief, how their previous life is abruptly canceled.
After we have received so many positive responses to our film, we would now love to make "Generation '89" accessible to everyone. For this we need at least 5,000 euros for the production and at least 1,500 euros more for the English subtitles and even more for French and Spanish subtitles. With the DVD we want to reach everyone, who is interested in a different perspective on the German reunification.
Why would you support this project?
Despite the supposedly long time since the wall came down, the film has a surprisingly high timeliness and relevance. Even more than 25 years later, the events of that time still last and have a meeting for today. Nevertheless it is rarely talked about the experiences and impressions of this time. In this film director Anke Ertner and her friends Anja, Andreas, Anika, Jan, Kai and Silke break their silence. They tell how their carefree childhood dissolved in a few weeks in the air and how the turn of the year has changed their entire lifes.
"Generation '89" deliberately avoids the usual images and stereotypes of the year of change. Thus the poetic pictures of cameraman Robert Cöllen and lovingly composed Super-8 material from purely private archives have an even stronger effect. The highly personal film by Anke Ertner, herself the daughter of a former NVA officer, works without commenting exclusively with sound bites of his protagonists.
"Generation '89 - Growing up in the year of change" is the long-overdue other view of the fall of the Wall and the turning year, that characterizes Germany until today. The entire team wishes strongly that these other views reach even more people.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
The money will be used exclusively for the production and the distribution of a DVD:
With 5,000 euros, we create our minimum objective: The DVD in German language. Costs to handle: FSK released, EAN number, booklet, DVD menu, DVD production, storage, transaction costs crowdfunding, shipping / delivery / travel expenses, gifts for the crowdfunding.
All funds beyond 5,000 euros we would use for releasing the DVD also with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. We noticed on our travels, how interested people around the world are in this "other, personal stories" from our home.
We would appreciate your help very much!