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

Excursion to Thierbach

Excursion to Thierbach

In socialist realism art was not meant to be an end in itself. It was expected to refer to the production of goods and the state of quota fulfilment. Invited by the SED district authorities and the council of the district of Leipzig, a group of Leipzig artists visited the newly-built brown coal power plant Thierbach in 1974, presented as the result of a “socialist economic integration” directed by Soviet specialists. The Leipzig Bezirksfilmstudio (district film studio), originally “Technisches Zentrum Amateurfilm” (technical amateur film centre) followed 40 painters, musicians, writers and “theatre makers”, including Wolfgang Mattheuer, Helmut Richter and Karl Kayser.

Stefan Gööck

Original Title: Exkursion Thierbach
Country: GDR
Year: 1974
Language: German
Subtitle: No
Runtime: 23 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: B&W
Producer: Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig

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