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Milk and Honey from Rotfront (Milch und Honig aus Rotfront)

Milk and Honey from Rotfront

The idea for Milk and Honey from Rotfront was born in May 1995 when a group of German filmmakers traveled through the central Asian republics of Kirghizia and Kazakhstan to present German film productions. An eight-hour flight away from Germany at the foot of the Himalayas, they discovered a village with the official name of Rotfront, a left-over from the Stalin period. The pronunciation is German - both in Kirghiz and Russian. The people living there speak an archaic German. But that is not the only reason why the visitor gets the impression of traveling back to the beginning of the 20th century. It's also the skills and methods applied to the tasks of everyday life. Half of the inhabitants are of German origin, their ancestors having been Mennonites, a German religious minority. While capturing moments of people's lives, the image arises of a different German culture: the keeping of traditions and adapting to a new culture simultaneously.
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2000
Director Hans-Erich Viet
Screenplay Hans-Erich Viet
Cinematography Thomas Keller
Anne Fabini
Cast Abraham Falk, Rudolf Koop, Andrej Wiebe
Producer Herbert Schwering
Production Company Schwering & Viet Filmproduktion/Cologne, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 116 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2001 (Forum), International Documentary Film Festival Munich 2001, St. Petersburg 2001, Lubuser Film Summer Poland 2001, Emden 2001
With backing from Filmbuero NW, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Niedersachsen

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