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TRANSIT - Documentary Film

Friday, June 8, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

May 1968: The student protests in West-Berlin are in full swing, and in the middle of it all, the protagonist's 21-year-old brother Reinhard. He openly flirts with socialist tenants, partly out of protest against our conservative father. Reinhard resolves to take drastic measures and relocate to East Germany – a complete scandal. It is the last we hear from him. Eight months later, in January 1969, Reinhard is found dead. His suicide is baffling.


What drove him behind the Iron Curtain, and what happened to him there? Nearly forty years later, the protagonist went in search of traces of his short life in East Germany. Along the way, she encountered several people who, like her brother, went “against the current” from West to East.


Twenty years after the demise of East Germany, TRANSIT uses her familyʼs story as a point of departure for examining the reasons behind all these decisions and the allure of the other Germany.

TRANSIT Documentary film 80 min. 2009, German/English Subtitles

Angela Zumpe:

Born in Berlin, filmmaker and Professor for Audiovisual-Media at Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, since 1998. Recent projects: TRANSIT Documentary 2010, „Whispering Game“ Videoessay 20 min. 2007, „Colors of Ageing“ 2005, cooperation with Bauhaus Dessau, „The other America“ Documentary 2004, „WESTEXIT – Transformation of a Region“, STEINWELT/Stoneworld Shortfilm


1991 study at University of Art, Berlin (UdK), Masterdegree and Staatsexamen, 1991 scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for New York University, studied Film and Television at Tisch School. TV-Design-Development for mayor German stations, Creative Director at n-tv a German newschannel, several independent film- and videoproductions

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