(Works of Fraternity of Peoples)
A film concert about work and migration in the GDR
With a synthesis of film and music, the artist’s collective shortfilmlivemusic is approaching a topic that seemed forgotten after the fall of the Iron Curtain. After 1965, the GDR had concluded immigration agreements with socialist sister states such as Poland, Cuba, Vietnam or Mozambique.
In the context of the "socialist fraternity of peoples“ or the "fraternal aid" for destitute countries, more than 100,000 workers came to the GDR to be apprenticed, to study or do their doctorate.
The delegation of the workers was subject to strict official controls and after three to five years, the delegates had to return to their respective home countries. In 1989, the contract workers were confronted with the reality of the German Reunification and an abrupt change of their life realities.
Shortfilmlivemusic used personal and historical angles to ask who these people were, why they left their home countries, which reasons they had to leave their familiar environment behind, what kind of country they found when they arrived and what their daily life was like in the GDR.
The result is a 60-minute video collage of historical film recordings, private photographs, documents and oral history interviews which, combined with different kinds of music, merge into an aesthetic experience of image and sound.
VÖLKERKREUNDSCHAFTSWERKE in Dresden
Benjamin Schindler – film
Franziska Richter - research
Jan F. Kurth - voice, recorder, electronics
Matthias Kurth – electric guitar, Perkussion
Dániel Vedres - horn, voice, electronics
Lutz Streun – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Demian Kappenstein - drums, percussion, electronics
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