From Us to Me
With Dir. The Amber Collective
1400 - 1600 Sunday 31st July 2016
Probably the longest surviving film collective in the UK, in 1987 Amber was the first film group from the West to be invited into Communist East Germany. Its resulting film, “From Marx and Engels to Marks and Spenser” was a portrait of Rostock - a shipyard and fishing city on the Baltic Sea. Within 6 months of the film’s transmission on Channel 4 in 1989, the Berlin Wall had fallen and the German Democratic Republic was gone. In 2013 Amber went back to Rostock and contacted all the key characters from the earlier film to find out how they, and the city, had fared under capitalism. A poetic documentary - moving, surprising and funny - From Us To Me brings together interviews from 1987 and 2013 to shed light on one of the key historical events of the 20th Century.