From Us to Me
East Germany then and now: remembering life in the GDR
"On 3 october 1990, German Unity Day, I was sent into early retirement." Karl-Heinz, a former fisherman, remembers the unification with regret, and he is not alone in doing so. With the economic prosperity of the west came job insecurity, which severely affected people like Karl-Heinz who suddenly found himself without a job. This was the case for many former comrades who miss the stability of the time; "there was no unemployment then. It did not exist."
But for some, there was ultimately not much difference. "For me, little has changed", explains Sylvia, who remembers the time with indifference. "All the things in the shops I couldn't buy then, because I wasn't rich, I still can't buy today." In a stoical manner, she relates how life's challenges remain the same regardless of the political regime in charge.
German reunification brought with it different things for different people. For those whose lives were shaped behind the iron curtain, such sudden political upheaval had a seismic impact for better or for worse. This insightful documentary explores the lives of ordinary citizens of the opaque German Democratic Republic, as well as how their lives and prospects have changed since.