Unlike the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic had already de-criminalized homosexuality by 1968. However, the GDR did not exactly welcome its LGBT citizens with open arms. Their sexuality was still taboo and extruded from public life. The film portrays moving biographies of private and political developments and presents people who were trying to change the system and hoped for an open society.
Shown as part of the Institut’s series, “Queer as German Folk,” Jochen Hick’s film incorporates archival footage and excerpts from newsreels to augment the stories of LGBTQ citizens facing obstacles in the German Democratic Republic. Though the country decriminalized homosexuality in 1968, many still consider it taboo. Hick explores both the private and political forces working to change the system and forge a more inclusive, tolerant society.