Unadvised. Children of the Change

documentary, Germany 2015

directed by Doerte Grimm

Robert, Alexandra, Saskia and Robert belong to the youngest generation of the DDR who can still remember what it was like before the Peaceful Revolution. Society changed as they were developing from children to young adults. In this time of personal insecurity, the world around them changed quickly. Anything that could have supported them disappeared. This meant they had to find their own way.

Origin, identity and memory shape our view of the world. How does one recall the experiences of a naive and lively childhood in the light of later debates about the illegitimate state, Best of DDR shows or victim-offender reports? Are these early experiences suitable for life in a new society? Or does one have to escape the past, the emotional home, to find it again somewhere else?