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Unter Männern - Schwul in der DDR (2012)

This documentary feature addresses the question of how gay men lived and could live their lives under 'real socialism', where GDR ideology considered homosexuality to be a remnant of ... See full summary »

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Ringo Rösener
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Complete credited cast:
Jürgen Wittdorf Jürgen Wittdorf ... Himself
Christian Schulz Christian Schulz ... Himself
Helwin Leuschner Helwin Leuschner ... Himself
Eduard Stapel Eduard Stapel ... Himself
Frank Schäfer Frank Schäfer ... Himself
John Zinner John Zinner ... Himself
Jürgen Lemke Jürgen Lemke ... Himself
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This documentary feature addresses the question of how gay men lived and could live their lives under 'real socialism', where GDR ideology considered homosexuality to be a remnant of bourgeois decadent morality and harmful to a socialist society. In that film we meet six men who talk openly about their social and intimate experiences, some for the first time, and get to know several individuals who could hardly be more diverse, or more contradictory. At one end of the scale is Frank Schäfer, a barber and a shrewd and resourceful individualist; at the other, Eduard Stapel, an academic theologist who founded a GDR-wide network of homosexual associations and upon whom the Stasi firmly set its sights. Even though homosexuality had not been punished since the 1950s, the conspiracy of silence, the condemnation, the pressure to conform to society and to sexual discretion remained. This story introduces us to a number of strong and - for all their pain - spirited men who were obliged to come ... Written by Websurfer

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 April 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Among Men: Gay in East Germany See more »

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Germany See more »

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Color | Black and White (some archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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