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In 1988 the 20-year-old Finn Kirsi Marie Liimatainen heads for the GDR to study Marxism-Leninism at the international youth academy “Wilhelm Pieck”. The students come from around the world – from both sides of the Iron Curtain. They are functionaries, freedom fighters and left-wing activists. Young people united in the hope for a better world. The international solidarity at the academy is convincing, but the real socialism is marked by contradictions – the gap between theory and reality is obvious. In the summer of 1989 the course ends – a few months later the Berlin Wall falls.

24 years later, Kirsi Marie Liimatainen sets out on a cinematic journey to Germany, Bolivia,Chile, Lebanon and South Africa to meet up once more with her former fellow students. What remains of their dream of revolution? Are there any utopias left, which are worth fighting for?
Genre History, Road Movie
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2016
Director Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Screenplay Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Cinematography Yoliswa von Dallwitz, Till Vielrose, Hanno Moritz Kunow, Marc-Christian Weber
Producer Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Co-Producer Kaarle Aho
Production Company Ilanga Films, in co-production with Making Movies Oy
Runtime 112 min
Format DCP, 1:1.78
 German, English, Spanish, Arabic
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Kassel 2016, IFF Uruguay 2017, Filmfest Wismar 2017, Helsinki 2018
With backing from Filmbüro Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Finnish Film Foundation
German Distributor W-film Distribution

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