Uferfrauen - Lesbian Life and Love in the GDR

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Six very different lesbian women talk about their lives and loves in the socialist system of the GDR. Following the oral history method, director Barbara Wallbraun places the personal experiences and feelings of her six interviewees at the center of her film. The ways each dealt with repression and harassment - by the state and by the people around them - are as different as the women themselves. It is precisely through this deliberate subjectivity that Wallbraun manages to paint an overall social picture. "None of these women allowed themselves to be broken. They look back, not without pride, on their past and the path they paved for themselves in an unfree society." (kino-zeit.de)