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Mama, I'm Alive (Mama, ich lebe)

World War Two, Soviet Union: four young German POWs fight with the red army against the Germans. But when they meet up with their first German enemy soldier, they cannot bring themselves to shoot.


Konrad Wolf was born in Hechingen in 1925 and died in Berlin in 1982. In 1933, his family emigrated to the Soviet Union. At the age of 18, he joined the Red Army and came to Germany as a lieutenant in 1945. He studied Directing at the Moscow Film School in 1949 and worked as an assistant director to Kurt Maetzig at the DEFA Studios in 1953. His first feature film was Einmal ist keinmal (1955). From 1965, Wolf was president of the East German Academy of Arts. His major films include: Genesung (1956), Lissy (1957), Sun Seekers (Sonnensucher, 1958), Stars (Sterne, 1959), The Divided Sky (Der geteilte Himmel, 1964), I Was Nineteen (Ich war 19, 1967), The Naked Man in the Stadium (Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz, 1974), and Mama, I'm Alive (Mama, ich lebe, 1976).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1977
Director Konrad Wolf
Screenplay Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Konrad Wolf
Cinematography Werner Bergmann
Cast Detlef Giess, Eberhard Kirchberg, Peter Prage, Uwe Zerbe
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Berlin 1977, Moscow 2005
Awards Interfilm Award Berlin 1977
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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