The German-Polish Interzone
This chapter explores German–Polish film relations. World War II created a caesura between Germany and Poland. For years, the complex connectivity that existed in the region was broken and instead dissociation characterized relations. The chapter examines the tentative conciliation of the two regions, focusing on documentary film. It begins with the work of a few documentarists who headed east at the time of the Wende, the moment of the collapse of the East Block. In bucking trends and heading east they captured images that ultimately speak more to the future of Europe. They not only documented important moments of “first contact,” they literally envisioned relationships that are still developing today.
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