Cuban plantation workers who have rebelled against large landowners are retrained in Rostock to become shipwrights. A young woman from
Togo trains as an infant nurse in Dresden; an Iraqi man studies precision engineering and works in a radio factory. Max Jaap allows the
protagonists to give their families at home a firstperson account of life in East Germany. But this eulogy to solidarity makes way for a cost-benefit analysis when the narrator makes the laconic remark: “Foreigners in the Republic: some come, others go. Good luck!”
Max Jaap (DDR), 1963, 20 min.