The Sound of Change - Berlin, Techno, and the Fall of the Wall (WT)

52' / HD

The year 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Germany's reunification. The documentary looks at the rise of techno as the soundtrack to the reunification of Germany.

Following the fall of the Wall in 1989, the young people of East and West Germany converge. In illegal clubs located on the former "death strip", they dance the night away to a raw electronic music. The new sound reinforces the sense of freedom that arises with the fall of the Wall and Germany's reunification. The documentary follows the evolution of the first pan-German youth movement. 
Party people and artists have their say, as do the DJs that came from abroad to spin records in Berlin. Their memories, thoughts, considerations, and stories are grouped in accordance to historical events. They tell of clubs and parties and wild nights, but also of Helmut Kohl, the Treuhand (German Federal Privatization Agency), and how the East and West came together. The voices, interwoven with original and historical material, not only paint a vivid picture of the times, but also reveal the close relationship shared by Pop and political history. The documentary is based on the oral histories found in the book The Sound of Family – Berlin, Techno and the Reunification (Suhrkamp Publishers), by Felix Denk and Sven von Thülen.

 

Producer: Along Mekong Productions
Production year: 2014
Broadcasters: arte, RBB
Languages: English, German, French

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