Die Narbe. Westberlin (West) (2013)

Die Narbe. Westberlin (West)

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  • Helen Adkins

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Also Known As: The Scar

Opened: 11/22/2013 Limited

Quad Cinema11/22/2013 - 11/28/20137 days

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Genre: German Documentary (German w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


THE SCAR. WESTBERLIN (West) is a film dealing with the former division of the city of Berlin into East Berlin, the capital of the GDR, and West Berlin, a symbol for Western freedom of thought and movement. The Berlin Wall was carved into the landscape in 1961 and fell in a peaceful revolution in 1989. Twenty years after the eradication of the German divide, The Scar features the total length of the approximately 160 km-long former Death-Strip isolating West Berlin within the East German State: this heavily guarded zone, between 70 and 500 meters wide, running the length of the Wall, reinforced the "antifascist protection bulwark". Filmmaker and visual artist Burkhard von Harder has enlisted the aid of a helicopter and pilot to follow the precise course of the former dividing line. Starting and ending at Schonefeld airport, this real time film document shows the "Scar" still in the process of healing. The attempt to find the "path" is akin to the attempt to recall permanently the past as part of the struggle of contemporary German society to comprehend its history. The land itself carries invisible traces of what has been written on the ground. It is the retracing of the trace that is the intent of this film. By doing so, Burkhard von Harder seeks to create a meditation on the past and perform an act of cinematic healing.