Bay Area distributor Nancy K. Fishman has acquired the North American rights to Out in East Berlin – Lesbians & Gays in the GDR (pictured).
Directed by Jochen Hick and Andreas Strohfeldt, the documentary charts the history of the East German queer movement in the three decades preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Although homosexuality was decriminalized in the former German Democratic Republic in 1968, gay men and lesbians were routinely watched by internal security forces, who recorded their bedroom actions for government files.
The film, which premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival last year, was produced by Galeria Alaska Productions.
“I am thrilled to be distributing Out in East Berlin – Lesbians & Gays in the GDR,” said Fishman in a statement. “It’s both an engaging, character-driven film and a meticulously researched investigation of queer life during the last 30 years of East Germany.