Open-air films at the "Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy"
The former headquarters of the Ministry for State Security (or "Stasi") once housed thousands of employees of the East German secret police tasked with helping to secure the power of the Communist dictatorship. Today it is a place where these injustices of the past are addressed and connected to discussions about contemporary conflicts and values of society.
From August 11 until September 3 2020, the inner courtyard of the former Stasi headquarters in Berlin-Lichtenberg will be transformed into a large open-air cinema. Over the course of four weeks, the film festival will present documentaries each Tuesday and feature films on Thursdays on the subject of the Stasi and life in East Germany.
We will present three of our feature films with English subtitles:
Before the main films we will present original audio-visual material and other documents from the Stasi records archive. Following the films we will have podium talks with filmmakers, contemporary witnesses and Stasi experts (presentations and discussions will be in German). Visitors are invited to join the discussion.
Admission to the Campus Cinema is free.
Screenings will begin at 7:30 pm. Until then two exhibitions on the grounds will be accessible:
Access to Secrecy - Exhibition On The Stasi Records Archive
Revolution and the Fall of the Wall - Open Air Exhibition
The exhibit "State Security in the SED-Dictatorship" at the Stasimuseum is open until 6 pm.
The open-air cinema series will take place in compliance with the general rules of conduct and hygiene as passed by the Berlin Senate.
- Please leave your contact details at one of the tables in the entrance area.
- Wearing a mask over mouth and nose is mandatory when you are not in your seat.
- Keep at least 1.5 metres distance to other guests.
- Please keep the chairs at their position (distance rules).
Full programme in German