Straguth, near Zerbst (Saxony-Anhalt) was once home to the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) and later, the Soviet Army. Since 2000, Nato special forces have used the village as a location for house-to-house combat training. Straguth seems to be a place out of time, forgotten. Even the village dialect is almost incomprehensible to outsiders now. In the pub called “Onkel Natho”, the talk is always of 'the war', as if it had never ended.
Thomas Heise is an acclaimed chronicler of the social and political changes in post-reunification Germany and their impact on everyday lives. His film have played and won numerous awards at international festivals such as Dok Leipzig, Visions du réel Nyon and the Berlinale.
Original Title: Fatherland
Language versions: German original version with English subtitles
Length: 98 min
Director: Thomas Heise
Screenplay: Thomas Heise
Cinematography: Peter Badel, Anja Simon, Jutta Tränkle, Peter Grätz, Thomas Heise
Editing: Gudrun Steinbrück, Monika Preischl
Sound: Uve Haussig
Sound Mix: Martin Steyer
Awards: 2003: Special Prize, Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH); 2002: Silberne Taube Award, DOK Leipzig (D)
Age Recommendation: 0
Supported by: Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM), Kulturelle Filmförderung Sachsen-Anhalt, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung-