The Family

Dokus
Independent
| 92 min
German
| English French

Their relatives were gunned down at the Iron Curtain and they are still experiencing the effects of this trauma today. Four of the survivors relate how this past remains unresolved. A mother, for example, still doesn't know what happened to her son's body; a wife doesn't understand how and why her husband drowned at the border; the son of a Wall victim sees for the first time photographs of his executed father's body in a Stasi file. The statements of the victims are cleverly "set in contrast to the corresponding formulations in the Stasi files, whose cold bureaucratic German is even more unbearable than usual in this context." (FBW) "A film as important as it is evocative and as exposing as the trials should have been." (EPD Film)