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Gabriele Stötzer and Birgit Willschütz were political inmates at Hoheneck Castle, the most notorious women’s prison in East Germany. Their story is one of overcrowded cells, despotic hierarchies, ruthless every¬days, and the enduring effects of incarceration. Most of all, however, it is about the crushing pressure of forced labor. Prisoners at Hoheneck manufactured millions of pantyhose, bed sheets, and other products for West German retailers, bringing enormous profits to both sides of the Iron Curtain. Part of the young animadoc tradition, the seven-minute film pairs original audio interview extracts with abstract, monochrome animation.
Genre Animation
Category Short
Year of Production 2016
Directors Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl
Screenplay Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch
Cinematography Volker Schlecht
Animation Volker Schlecht
Producers Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch
Production Company Die Kulturingenieure
Length 7 min
Format DCP, 1.1:77, 16:9
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2016, Dresden 2016, Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2016, Animafest Zagreb 2016, Annecy 2016, Melbourne 2016, Animafest Zagreb 2016, Encounters Bristol 2016, Uppsala 2016, ZINEBI Bilbao 2016, Ljubljana 2016, Sundance 2017, Clermont-Ferrand 2017, Flickerfest Sydney 2017, Göteborg 2017, Tampere 2017, Ann Arbor 2017, Go Short Nijmegen 2017, Hong Kong 2017, San Francisco 2017, São Paulo Int. Short FF 2017, Animatou Geneva 2017, Philadelphia 2017, Filmets Badalona 2017, Alcine 2017, Bogoshorts Bogota 2017, Sevilla 2018, FIPADOC Biarritz 2019
Awards Gold Mikeldi – Best Animation Film Bilbao 2016, The Short Film Jury Award: Animation Sundance 2017, Jury Award Ann Arbor 2017
With backing from Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship, Saxon Memorial Foundation in Eastern Germany

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