HEIMATKUNDE

THE LASTING FORMATION

In his film HEIMATKUNDE, the director returns to the school building of his childhood in East Germany. For almost 25 years it lay empty, seemingly waiting to be revived. The remains of socialist education are pasted over, hidden, forgotten.

In tentative interviews with contemporary witnesses we are gradually coming nearer to the systematic manipulation of the child’s mind. In this way, it becomes understandable how the dictatorship functioned and turned into the commonplace “that’s just the way it is”, which still exists today and thwarts any criticism of and debate about history.

However, overcoming the German “duality” remains impossible without looking back and reappraising this form of education that generated the authoritarian mind.

photos © Christian Bäucker
  • Genre
    Coming-of-Age Story, Educational, History
  • CATEGORY
    Documentary
  • YEAR OF PRODUCTION
    2021
  • DIRECTOR
    Christian Bäucker
  • SCREENPLAY
    Christian Bäucker
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Joanna Piechotta
  • PRODUCER
    Christian Bäucker
  • PRODUCTION COMPANY
    Interzone Pictures/Hamburg
  • RUNTIME
    88 min
  • LANGUAGE
    German, English
  • SALES
    5R Filmproduktion GmbH, Christian Bäucker
    post@5rfilm.com
    www.5rfilm.com