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Title Isabel on the Stairs
Published DEFA Film Library, 1983
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (69 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Twelve-year-old Isabel and her mother, who was a famous political singer, had to escape Chile after the 1973 military coup. Isabel’s father stayed behind fighting in the underground. For six years, they have lived in a new apartment building in East Berlin. At first, the neighbors made an effort to welcome them, but later became more distant. Isabel does not feel at home in the strange country. Not even her friendship to Philip, the neighbors’ son, can change her mind. Almost every day, Isabel sits on the stairs waiting for a letter from her father, from whom she has not heard for many years. Immediately after the coup, the GDR accepted over 2,000 political refugees. ISABEL ON THE STAIRS—in which the lead roles are played by Chilean exiles—describes the fate of Chileans in GDR exile in the late 1970s. Official positive statements about the presence of Chilean refugees contradicted the realities of life for the expatriates in the GDR. In the 1980s, many Chileans left the GDR for Western Europe or returned home
Notes Title from title frames
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Performer Benjamin Mihan, Hort Hiemer, Irina Gallardo, Jaecki Schwarz, Jenny Gröllmann, Mario Krüger, Ruth Kommerell, Sandra Lill, Teresa Polle
Event Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1983
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Motion pictures, German
Foreign films
Balts (Indo-European people)
German language
Motion pictures
Genre/Form Feature films.
Form Streaming video
Author Unterberg, Hannelore, film director
Mihan, Benjamin, actor
Hiemer, Hort, actor
Gallardo, Irina, actor
Schwarz, Jaecki, actor
Gröllmann, Jenny, actor
Krüger, Mario, actor
Kommerell, Ruth, actor
Lill, Sandra, actor
Polle, Teresa, actor
DEFA Film Library (Firm), Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), Distributor.