Die Silberhöhe

Britta Hosman Short documentary - 2005 - 49 min.

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Since the collapse of the Wall, half of the population of East-Germany has left the region. Director Britta Hosman makes a documentary about stay-behinds, in this case residents of Die Silberhöhe ('Silver Hill'), a typical GDR quarter. Many old blocks of flats are vacated or demolished - a gigantic, dinosaur-like grab breaks off big chunks from a building. A notice shows the renovation plan 'Silberhöhe auf dem Weg zur Waldstadt'. But an elderly woman mutters that it will more likely become a 'Seniorenstadt'. Youngsters are having a hard time. Hosman follows a boy who through his job in a restaurant tries to find regular work and a house. But he must accept all jobs Bundesweit and when he sees over a house in the neighbourhood, people tell him that it might very well be demolished. Nevertheless, the boy retains a certain phlegmatic optimism. A middle-aged woman now works as a postman and misses the former community spirit. The peaceful, often quite empty shots reflect the social stagnancy and desolation.


Director(s) Britta Hosman
Producer(s) Ine Waltuch
Production Company VPRO TV
Director of Photography
Sound Design
Jacques Bol
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