DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Friendship and Peace

Friendship and Peace

In October 1951 a government delegation of the still young GDR, headed by its first and only President, Wilhelm Pieck, travelled to Czechoslovakia. The short documentary “Friendship and Peace”, directed by Karl Gass and Bruno Kleberg, another pioneer of DEFA documentary film, is a kind of public relations account of this journey. The film is Karl Gass’s second work as a director after he had co-operated with Andrew Thorndike on “The Ascending Path”.

Fabian Tietke

Original Title: Freundschaft und Frieden
Country: GDR
Year: 1951
Language: German
Subtitle: No
Runtime: 11 min.
Format: 35 mm
Color: B&W
Director: Karl Gass, Bruno Kleberg
Producer: DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
Cinematographer: Heinz Peer Czygan, Erich Nitzschmann
Editor: Traute Wischnewski

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.