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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2019

In her first feature-length documentary as a director, author and curator Grit Lemke turns her attention to the life of the cult rock poet and coal excavator Gerhard Gundermann who was initially called “the Bob Dylan of the opencast mine” before becoming the “voice of the East Germans”. The film biography is told against the background of a region where global issues of our time are focused as if in a concave mirror. They permeate the artist's oeuvre: home and devastation, the end of industry and work, utopia and individual responsibility. Observations and conversations, images of a post-mining landscape, and a first-person narrator from the coal region enter into a dialogue with Gundermann through his songs, texts and largely unknown archive footage.
Genre Biopic, History, Music
Category Documentary
Director Grit Lemke
Cinematography Uwe Mann
Producer Gregor Streiber
Production Company inselfilm produktion
Original Version
Shooting Dates May-July 2019
With backing from MDR, RBB

inselfilm produktion