Scene from the film Face the Wall
Scene from the film Face the Wall
Scene from the film Face the Wall
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Face the Wall

  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
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The five life stories told by former East German citizens incarcerated for attempting to flee the Republic in the GDR who are representing a group of around 72,000 ex-convicts are shocking to the core. The subjects speak with extraordinary openness of their struggles with the regime, of horrific prison conditions and interrogation methods.

This sensitive documentary maintains a close proximity to its protagonists throughout, examining open wounds and bringing psychological damage to light that have made it impossible for them to live a normal fear-free lives ever since.

A remarkable cinematic contribution that shows five unique facets of a daily life consisting of torture, abominations and violations of human dignity without attempting to judge, provoke or explain. Rather, the film documents and makes an important chapter in German history more palpable in the best possible sense.


  • Original Title
    Gesicht zur Wand
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Stefan Weinert
  • Cinematography
    Lars Lenski
  • Editing
    Ruben Bürgam
  • Sound
    Roland Stähle / Peter Veismann
  • Runtime
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
    • Luxembourg
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • XX Cine Céara Fortalez Brazil
    • Il cinema europea, Florence
    • 24th Leeds International Film Festival
    • 1st Rige Freedom Film Festival
    • Docreview, Warsaw
    • One world Prague, Bucarest, Sofia
    • 16th Berlin and Beyond, San Francisco
    • Baghdad International Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Jury Award Baghdad International Film Festival
    • Sprecial Mention, Documentary of the monthe by German Film Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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