WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BOGEYMAN (Wer fürchtet sich vorm schwarzen Mann)

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Helke Misselwitz, 52', 1989, Germany
A film by Helke Misselwitz
Written by Helke Misselwitz, Thomas Plenert
Cinematography: Thomas Plenert
Editing: Gudrun Plenert
Sound: Ronald Gohlke
Music: Brigitte Unterdörfer
Produced by DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme

Galician Premiere

A close-up of a small private company that delivers heating coal in the Prenzlauer Berg district of East Berlin. The feisty woman who runs the business does so with humor and understanding, and her seven male employees respect her. On the outside, they seem like tough guys but as they describe their lives, their vulnerabilities come to light. Their discussions range from the building of the Berlin Wall and possibly escaping to the West, to child abuse, suicide, prison and alcoholism. DEFA Film Library

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