Based on interviews with former prisoners, this animated documentary provides a glimpse into the most notorious women’s prison in east Germany. a film about political imprisonment, forced labour, and enormous profits on both sides of the iron curtain.

About the Director(s):

Volker Schlecht works as an Illustrator and Filmmaker in Berlin. He studied communication design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, later on he taught at the animation department of the HFF Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Babelsberg. Currently he works as a professor of sequential illustration at the BTK University of Art and Design. Together with Alexandra Kardinar he founded their collaborative label Drushba Pankow in 2002. Schlecht was born 1968 in Radeberg.

Alexander Lahl was born 1979 in Berlin (GDR). He studied cultural sciences in Berlin, Wroclaw and Frankfurt (Oder). He works as a writer, filmmaker and producer and co-founded the media label Die Kulturingenieure. Latest work together with Max Mönch: „Treibsand. A graphic novel about the last days of the GDR“, published by Metrolit. Currently he is working mainly on oceans subjects.


Sundance Film Festival: Short Film Jury Award Animation
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film: Grand Prix for the Best Film
Calgary International Film Festival: Best Short Documentary
Zinebi Bilbao Festival »Gold mikeldi« for the Best Animated Film
Ann Arbor Film Festival: Jury Award
Animafest Zagreb: Special Jury Award
Erarta Motion Picture Festival: Special Jury Award
Melbourne International Animation Festival: Audience Award + Judges Award (documentary program)
Berlin Short Film Reel: Audience Award for the Best Short Film

Other Screenings:

Berlinale World Premiere
Filmfest Dresden
Annecy International Animation Festival
Lago Filmfest
Concorto Film Festival
Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival
Uppsala International Short Film Festival
Nikozi International Animation Film Festival 2016 Best of Filmfest Dresden program
DOK Leipzig
Leeds international Film Festival 2016
London International Animation Festival
Sundance Film Festival
Flickerfest australia
Clermont Ferrand
International Short Film Week Regensburg
Sarasota Film Festival
60th San Francisco international Film Festival
Hong Kong international Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
River Film Festival
Rooftop Films