... to the Present (1981 to today)

At the beginning of the 1980s many German directors began to work abroad in Europe and the USA. The first signs of political change, which ultimately occurred in 1989, became visible in East German film.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the next generation of filmmakers also confronted themes about German history in feature films and documentaries. Films about the National Socialist dictatorship, RAF terrorism and the fall of the Berlin Wall became popular successes both within Germany and internationally. The images of Germany by the filmmakers assembled here are often very personal. However, the creation of German films during this period was also defined by international co-productions as well as the influential role of television.

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