The Communist

Documentary / Germany / 2018 / 72′

  • Director:Andreas Goldstein
  • DoP:Jakobine Motz
  • Editor:Chris Wright
  • Festival:2018 DOK Leipzig – Deutscher Wettbewerb
  • Distribution:Edition Salzgeber
  • World Sales:Oktoberfilm

“My father Klaus Gysi – Jew and communist – made his career in the former GDR after years of illegality in Nazi Germany. The fall of socialism burnt his life efforts in one brief moment. The film THE COMMUNIST tries to reflect on his failure from the viewpoint of my own experiences within this historical time. My fundamental historical experience is opportunism. 1990 people already forgot what they believed in the year before. So did my father, one of the leading operatives of the GDR, who now calls the state he worked for all his life a dictatorship which should have been prevented. A sudden change of heart which disturbed me and was the reason to make this movie.” – Andreas Goldstein

A documentary by Andreas Goldstein. In co-production with Oktoberfilm and ZDF/Das Kleine Fernsehspiel. Supported by Filmbüro Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.