»Karl Marx City« is a documentary about Petra Epperlein’s journey to Chemnitz, Karl-Marx-Stadt in the former German Democratic Republic. Her reason for returning to her old hometown is to find out why her father hanged himself in 1999 and whether he had connections to the notorious secret police, the Stasi. Epperlein interviews family and friends and visits archives and prisons. Nevertheless, the task turns out to be anything but simple: is there even an unambiguous truth about the most surveilled society in history?

»Karl Marx City« is an aesthetically pleasing and deeply personal documentary. Epperlein’s memories and the startling surveillance records from the Cold War era clash interestingly. From a contemporary viewpoint, the film is intriguingly resonant to our own time when the topics of privacy, trust and freedom are becoming increasingly troubling, showing that the issues of East Germany are still relevant even twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin wall.

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Title
Karl Marx City
Director
Michael TUCKER, Petra Epperlein
Country
United States, Germany
Length
89 min
Festival
2016
Section
Documentary Competition
Language
German, English
Subtitle
English subtitles
Premiere status
European Premiere
Production year
2016
Cast
Christa Epperlein, Petra Epperlein, Uwe Epperlein
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