In 1980s East Germany, Barbara is a Berlin doctor banished to a country medical clinic for applying for an exit visa. Deeply unhappy with her reassignment and fearful of her co-workers as possible Stasi informants, Barbara stays aloof, especially from the good natured clinic head, Andre. Instead, Barbara snatches moments with her lover as she secretly prepares to defect one day. Despite her plans, Barbara learns more about her life that puts her desires and the people around her in a new light. With her changing perspective, Barbara finds herself facing a painful moral dilemma that forces her to choose what she values. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Did You Know?
The radio broadcast is of the women's 1500m race (Athletics) of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. (The United States, West Germany, and ~63 other states boycotted the Moscow Games) 1500m results Gold: Tatjana Kazankina (USSR) Silver: Christiane Wartenburg (GDR (East Germany)) Bronze: Nadezhda Olisarenko (USSR)
Ulrike Bruns (GDR), also mentioned in the broadcast, finished fifth. See more
Andre hands Barbara a cup of coffee, which she promptly drops. You see the shattered pieces of the cup on the floor, but no coffee. See more
Performed by Dresdner Tanzsinfoniker
Composed by Günter Hörig See more