1st of May 1988 in Berlin, capital of the German Democratic Republic. Struggle and holiday of the workers, of the socialist workers’ and peasants’ state.
In a Russian colour TV, ‘Raduga’: Images of the May Day rally. Then, in black-and-white, the ritual: The entire ensemble of the German State Opera Berlin, led by the theatre-manager, pays homage to the leadership of the German Democratic Republic. The soundtrack is “Sanctus” sung by Pavarotti. (From: “Grande Messe des Morts” by Hector Berlioz.)
What follows is dissolution, removal of borders, night.
Thomas Werner is a filmmaker from Berlin. He works mainly on documentaries. For teaching purposes, he produces hypermedia CD-Roms. He also does filmic work for the theatre and independent work as a VJ. Photographs by Thomas Werner have been shown in various exhibitions.
GDR 1988, 12 min, dt