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

We Welcome Our Guests to the Harvest Festival in the Laas Cooperation

We Welcome Our Guests to the Harvest Festival in the Laas Cooperation

Agriculture in the small town of Laas in the district of Oschatz was held up as an outstanding example in 1987 to spur less successful cooperatives and state-owned farms to higher performances. The “University in the greens”, as the GDR agricultural fair AGRA in Leipzig-Markkleeberg styled itself, often followed this pattern to sell modern production methods, scientific findings and the latest agricultural technology to the farmers. This 35mm film, however, revolves around the master narrative of socialist agriculture. Amateur actors in the parade act out the liberation of concentration camp inmates by Soviet soldiers in 1945.

Stefan Gööck

Original Title: Wir begrüßen unsere Gäste zum Erntefest in der Kooperation Laas
Country: GDR
Year: 1987
Language: German
Subtitle: No
Runtime: 20 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: Colour
Producer: AGRA-Filmstudio

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.