Mit dem Wort Wende

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German (Germany)

Filmmaker Juliane Henrich explores the term "Wende" (course change) by means of a speech by Christa Wolf, which she gave shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin. A time-lapse recording of the Berlin television tower is intertwined with fragments of Wolf's speech on 04.11.1989. The writer called into question the term "Wende", which today is synonymous with the peaceful revolution of 1989, but it was actually SED Secretary General Egon Krenz who first spoke of a "Wende", when he took office in October 1989 - so the word was abhorrent to many members of the opposition, because it was seen as an appropriation of the protests by the GDR leadership.