Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic
(GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her
childhood to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his
rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was
her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the
Stasi’s extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her
former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday
GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays
like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to
interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a
society where every action and thought was suspect.
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