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  • von Angela Zumpe

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Dokumentarfilm – 80 min. Kinoversion, D 2010
in Kooproduktion mit dem MDR, Austrahlung 2010, rbb 2011
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Mai 1968, in Westberlin toben die Studentenproteste, mittendrin der 21-jährige Reinhard. Er bekennt sich offen
zum Sozialismus, auch aus Protest gegen den konservativen Vater, einem evangelischen Pfarrer. Reinhard beschließt in die DDR u?berzusiedeln. Der Kontakt zur Familie bricht ab. Acht Monate später, im Januar 1969, ist Reinhard tot. Sein Ausstieg aus dem Leben gibt neue Rätsel auf. Was hat ihn angetrieben, in die DDR zu gehen, und was ist ihm dort widerfahren?
Knapp vier Jahrzehnte später begibt sich die Regisseurin auf die Spurensuche nach ihrem Bruder Reinhard. Dabei begegnet sie Menschen, die wie er gegen den Strom von West nach Ost gegangen sind, und forscht nach ihren Beweggru?nden, sich fu?r den anderen Teil Deutschlands entschieden zu haben.

TRANSIT Documentary film 80 min. 2010, German/English Subtitles
May 1968: The student protests in West-Berlin are in full swing, and in the middle
of it all, my 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, I go in search of traces of his short life in East Germany.
Along the way, I encounter several people who, like my brother, went “against
the current” from West to East. Like the exiled Berlin Jew Salomea G, who chose
the other system and joined the communist party as an IM (unofficial employees).
Or Henriette S., who as a child moved to East Germany with her mother, only to
flea to the West with her daughter in 1974. Later she got imprisoned by the State
Security. Twenty years after the demise of East Germany, TRANSIT uses my family’s
story as a point of departure for examining the reasons behind all these decisions
and the allure of the other Germany.