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It Happened in August. Building The Berlin Wall - Anatomy Of A Political Crisis (Es geschah im August - der Bau der Berliner Mauer)

It Happened in August. Building The Berlin Wall - Anatomy Of A Political Crisis

In the night from the 12th to the 13th of August 1961, Socialist Unity Party Secretary General and President of the National Defense Council Walter Ulbricht gave the order to physically separate the different sectors of Berlin. On the morning of the 13th of August, armed border guards began ripping up the streets and barricading the area with barbed wire. A few days later, during the night from the 17th to the 18th of August, troops began replacing the barbed wire with cement blocks.

It Happened in August. Building the Berlin Wall - Anatomy of a Political Crisis portrays the bitter events surrounding the separation and division of Berlin. Twelve years after the fall of the Wall and the opening of the archives, the film offers, in a series of historical flashbacks, a representative and suspense-filled panorama of the greatest crisis in post-war Germany and international politics.
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director Ullrich Kasten
Screenplay Ullrich Kasten, Hans-Hermann Hertle
Cinematography Wolfgang Lindig
Alex Goerwitz, Miklós Palós
Juergen Ecke
Production Company TNM, Berlin, in co-production with Doculand Produktions GmbH, Hamburg
Runtime 90 min
Format DigiBeta PAL, color, b&w
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Prix Europa Berlin 2001

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