East of War

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| 112 min
German
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A controversial photography exhibit about atrocities committed by the German army on the Eastern Front during World War II inspired Ruth Beckermannto interview soldiers. What are their experiences beyond the bounds of "normal" warfare. An uncompromising film on remembrance and oblivion. "Between interrogation and pity. I must keep a distanced view. How do you film enemies?" (Ruth Beckermann’s Shooting Journal) "White-tiled rooms, neon lighting. On the walls, black and white photographs from an exhibition entitled "Vernichtungskrieg" (War of Extermination) documenting the atrocities committed by the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front. Against this background, Ruth Beckermann and cameraman Peter Roehsler film former soldiers talking about their experiences."(Berlinale Forum)