People's Police / 1985 - En vivo en Obras 17 / 12 / 1985

Original title People's Police / 1985
Country of production DDR
original language Deutsch
Publishing year 1985
Long 60 minutes
Director Thomas Heise
script Thomas Heise
production State film documentation
Camera Peter Badel
cut Gisela Tammert

Volkspolizei / 1985 is a documentary by the State Film Documentation at the State Film Archive of the GDR by Thomas Heise from 1985 .


The film shows everyday life at police station 14 in Brunnenstrasse in Berlin . The office is located in an old building where construction activity is brisk at the time of filming. The officer in charge of the duty collective is a lieutenant who has been a member of the German People's Police for 14 years and describes the area of ​​activity of the station in the following words:

“I know this area, it is a district area, a real old building area, with the associated houses, older houses, backyards and similar problems. This district area is located in the middle of old Berlin, if you will, is limited in the north by the state border 1.2 kilometers long, in the west we border on district area Vier in Gartenstrasse , in the south Wilhelm-Pieck-Strasse as the border on Revier region 6 and the east, the Prenzlauer Berg , border Schwedter road together with my'm at det ground area 69. so about 25,000 residents where ick therefore responsible comrades to be proactive in for eene high order and security. "

At the beginning of their service, the patrol guards are briefed on the tasks ahead, made aware of the special features of the May Day celebrations and Liberation Day on May 8th, and then given away. The guards can be filmed during their patrol trips and missions without hindrance. So they have to drive to a young woman who was kicked in the back by her boyfriend while drunk. The friend is taken to the police station and the woman is taken to a hospital. In one house, the police officers have to resolve a dispute between two tenants over music that is too loud. A woman reports her husband as missing because he did not come home, a not so young man from the surrounding area is picked up on the street during the night without money or accommodation. A lesbian is not let in by her former girlfriend and that's why there is a row. All of these cases are normal stories for the cops. The young punk toothat you don't want to see on the street during the holidays because of its appearance is one of them.

During their breaks, the police willingly provide information about their origins, professional development and their path to the police. Everyone takes part, from the lower rank, to the officer on duty, to the district manager. At the end of the film, two students from the 8th grade of a secondary school in Bergstrasse read out their résumés and letters of application for service with the German People's Police.

Production and publication

The following streets were used during the shooting with the patrol car : Brunnenstraße, Invalidenstraße , Ackerstraße , Anklamer Straße, Zionskirchstraße, Swinemünder Straße and Arkonaplatz .

The film was not intended for public screening in the GDR . The world premiere of the 16 mm black and white film took place on November 8, 2001 during the 25th Duisburg Film Week after a reconstruction at the SFB under the editorship of Jürgen Tomm and Barbara Frankenstein. [1] In another first saw the film on 11 December 2001 in the Berlin Babylon Cinema .


The lexicon of international film calls the film, which was once produced for archival and research purposes, an "artistically condensed work, which shows up close the abysmal sadness of real socialism, but also the efforts of the machinery of an increasingly unbearable educational dictatorship, each private and to get social impulses under control. " [2]

See also


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Film program Duisburg Film Week 2001
  2. Volkspolizei / 1985. In: Lexikon des Internationale Films . Film service , accessed December 23, 2017 .Vorlage:LdiF/Wartung/Zugriff verwendet