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Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer

Based on true events and adapted from Dietrich Garstka’s eponymous book, Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer is a captivating Cold War-era drama about an act of resistance of some East German students in 1956.

Please note that this film is in German and Russian, with Dutch subtitles.
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During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have the idea of holding a minute’s silence in class for the victims of the Hungarian struggle for freedom. Neither the boys, nor their parents, nor the school’s administration are prepared for the reactions that their expression of solidarity unleashes. The school principal tries to dismiss the incident as juvenile mischief and deal with it internally, but the pupils find themselves snared in the political machinery of a state determined to make an example of them. Condemning their act as counter-revolutionary, the education minister demands that the pupils name their ringleader. They are faced with a decision that has dramatic consequences for their future.

Lars Kraume, Germany, 2018, 111 min. German & Russian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jonas Dassler, Michael del Coco, Lena Klenke, Sina Ebdell, Isaiah Michalski, Leonard Scheicher.
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