2011-2020DocumentaryGermanyJochen HickQueer Cinema(s)

Jochen Hick – Mein wunderbares West-Berlin AKA My Wonderful West Berlin (2017)

Berlin-based filmmaker Jochen Hick explores the long shadow left by Paragraph 175 in his fascinating documentary My Wonderful West Berlin (Mein Wunderbares West-Berlin)…
“Many victims died before the rehabilitation process started,” Hicks notes. “That is a very sad feeling, that Germany waited until most of them had passed away.”
Drawing on rare archival footage predominantly focusing on West Berlin’s gay male community from the 50s until the late 80s, the film illuminates a vibrant socio-political network that thrived despite police and political harassment. https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/sexuality/mardigras/article/2018/02/22/subverting-paragraph-175-queer-life-my-wonderful-west-berlin

In West Berlin in the 1960s it was possible to find bars where men could be left to themselves – a fact that was to turn the city into a magnet for young gay men. The protagonists of this film, all still active members of the community today, recall those early years in the city. Theirs are memories of a community that fought steadily for its existence, and of its change, right up to the fall of the Wall. Faced with considerable social repression in the 1970s, a collective gay identity began to emerge, and the ‘West Berlin homosexual campaign’ called for the abolition of paragraph 175 and the overthrow of patriarchy. Ruined buildings become the venues for new ways of living together such as all-male communes or the ‘queer house’. Cottaging, East-West affairs, leather bars, drag performances in the subway – an anarchic kind of joy outshines past suffering. A decade later, AIDS was to hit Berlin. After Out in Ost-Berlin (Out In East Berlin) Jochen Hick explores queer lifestyles in the West of the city and the roots of a fascination that the metropolis still holds as a refuge – and not just for gay men. A fascinating journey through time featuring previously unpublished archive material. https://www.berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/2017/02_programm_2017/02_Filmdatenblatt_2017_201710598.html#tab=filmStills

DVD Source: Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH, region 2, DVD9
DVD Format: PAL
DVD Audio: German Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 AC-3
Program: MacX Ripper
Menus: Untouched
Video: Untouched
Audio: Untouched
DVD extras: Untouched (just a few trailer)
Runtime : 98 minutes


Subtitles:English, German for the Hard of Hearing


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