An Accidental Berliner by regular SCREENZ contributor Tony Forster will close out this year’s post-fest season of screenings by Doc Edge. Forster’s film had its world premiere at Doc Edge 2015.
Rooted in his long association with Germany, An Accidental Berliner has at its core the director’s accidental participation in one of the major events of post-war European history, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, or Mauerfall as the Germans have it.
On the night of 9 November 1989, Forster came from East to West Germany, alongside the first two East Berliners allowed through Checkpoint Charlie that night.
During the quarter century since the fall, Forster has returned to Germany several times. An Accidental Berliner explores the effects of the fall of the wall on friends and acquaintances, and muses on what freedom means for people.
Watch the trailer here (password: Berlin).
An Accidental Berliner screens at Auckland Art Gallery at 2pm, Sat 26 November, and at Wellington’s Roxy Cinema at 6pm, Wed 30 November.
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Top image: Cinematograher Davorin filming An Accidental Berliner in the Reichstag Dome, Berlin