Wednesday, 24.8.2022
20:40 – 21:50, Kino in der Kulturbrauerei (Saal 8)
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»Rosa Extra, Schmuggel, Stasi & Verrat« (De)

Andrea Berwing, Bernd Jestram, Paul Poet (host)

It sounds like the plot of a movie: In the early eighties, West Berlin cultural workers want to release songs by East German punk bands in West Germany, including the East Berlin art-punk band Rosa Extra. But the Stasi catches wind of this, and not only because musician, poet and Stasi IM Sascha Anderson is involved in the project. The GDR regime threatens harsh punishment, so Rosa Extra withdraw their participation in the record and hand the recordings over to the Stasi, who let them disappear into their archives. Until now. Bernd Jestram, a former member of Rosa Extra, has now gotten them back in perfect condition. And Viennese director Paul Poet will actually film the story. Paul Poet, Bernd Jestram and Andrea Bewing, who herself sang in an East Berlin band and was monitored by the Stasi, will discuss what betrayal from within their own ranks meant for artists. And what does this story tell us today – especially to those of us who never experienced the GDR?
Before the talk, Pop-Kultur will premiere the half-hour short film »Rosa Extra Extrakte 1980 bis 1984« by Bernd Jestram, featuring Super 8 footage of the band and East Berlin in the early eighties.

Collage of three photos side by side shows middle-aged people read as women and men. They are in this order from left to right: Andrea Berwing, Bernd Jestram, Paul Poet. Andrea Berwing can be seen in the portrait up to her waist. She is wearing a cardigan with a beige and black patterned graphic print tied around her waist with a belt. The waist belt has gold buttons, and under the cardigan she wears a black top. Her Hair is loose over her right shoulder. She smiles into the camera with her mouth slightly open. Next to her, Bernd Jestram can be seen in a portrait up to his chest. Spotlight comes from the left side and draws strong light-shadow contours on his face. He smiles implied, with closed mouth, frontally into the camera. He wears his dark brown hair in a tousled short hairstyle. His clothing consists of a black shirt with a black corduroy jacket over it. Paul Poet is seen in a close-up, wearing a three-day beard and smiling at the camera. On his head he has a woolen cap in pink, purple, and gray stripes with earflaps. The cap has a knitted muzzle, button eyes, and a braided cord that can be seen under his chin.
Andrea Berwing, Bernd Jestram, Paul Poet

Andrea Berwing, Bernd Jestram

Paul Poet

Film Location
Kino der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin

Film & Editing