Berlin Escape Artists

Berlin Escape Artists

53 mins | Drama, Documentary | Oct. 5, 2019

An ideological and physical barrier fell on 9 November 1989 in Berlin. For 28 years, this 155 km wall divided Germany in two, separating friends and family. The recent discovery of some documents reveals the stories of those who managed to escape to join their loved ones, or simply to regain their freedom. Demonstrating imagination and courage, some dug tunnels to get under the Berlin Wall, others inflated balloons to fly over it, while others disguised themselves with fake uniforms. By combining archives, reconstitution sequences and intrigue scenes, this documentary plunges us into a Berlin that has now disappeared, through the prism of the art of escape under the GDR.

Berlin Escape Artists

53 mins | Drama, Documentary | Oct. 5, 2019

Berlin Escape Artists
An ideological and physical barrier fell on 9 November 1989 in Berlin. For 28 years, this 155 km wall divided Germany in two, separating friends and family. The recent discovery of some documents reveals the stories of those who managed to escape to join their loved ones, or simply to regain their freedom. Demonstrating imagination and courage, some dug tunnels to get under the Berlin Wall, others inflated balloons to fly over it, while others disguised themselves with fake uniforms. By combining archives, reconstitution sequences and intrigue scenes, this documentary plunges us into a Berlin that has now disappeared, through the prism of the art of escape under the GDR.
Producers France Télévisions, ZDF/Arte, Radio Canada Productions, Flair Productions, Alpha-Zoulou Films
Original title Berlin - oder: Die Kunst der Flucht
Directors Jean Bergeron
Writers Patrick Massett

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