6 Documentaries About Berlin You Need to Watch

Berlin is overflowing with stories to be told
Berlin is overflowing with stories to be told | © PeterDargatz/Pixabay
Megan King

Berlin is a fascinating, layered city with an unimaginable history. It has risen and fallen countless times, but with every struggle has come the birth of unique movements and subcultures. From drugs and music, to skateboarding and other tales of a divided city, here are some amazing documentaries starring the city, a landscape that is continuously transforming.

This Ain’t California

This documentary offers a captivating account of East Germany’s skate scene. Directed by Marten Persiel, the story follows three friends who smuggled a skateboard across the Berlin Wall and into the Communist GDR. Disturbing the austere aesthetic of East Berlin, skating became a defiant movement against the rigid oppression of the Cold War.

Don’t Forget To Go Home (Feiern)

Berlin Babylon

Architects and those who are interested in Berlin’s constantly evolving landscape will love this documentary by Hubertus Siegert. The filmmaker profiles the German capital’s radical reconstruction since 1989, with amazing images of construction and destruction accompanied by the industrial music performed by Einstürzende Neubauten. The film focuses on the extensive rebuilding projects after the fall of the Wall, and features internationally acclaimed architects including Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, and I.M. Pei.

Bar 25 – Days out of Time (Tage außerhalb der Zeit)

This documentary chronicles the legacy of the Bar 25, from where it all began through its peak and dream years and finally, to its closing. More than a venue and music label, the iconic Bar 25 created a utopian village for young people, where they actually lived the “way you have always dreamed of living,” and the only thing they had in common with the “real world” was the weather. A must-see for those wanting to understand the unique party culture of Berlin and the constant fight to preserve it.

Rabbit à la Berlin

This Academy Award-nominated documentary short is a remarkable history lesson told from through the eyes of rabbits. Offering an abstract and unusual perspective of the thousands of wild rabbits who lived in the Death Zone of the Berlin Wall. While a harrowing hazard for human life, the strip of earth enclosed between the two walls was their safety zone for 28 years. Released in 2009, the film was directed by Bartek Konopka.

Hitler’s Hidden City

Produced by National Geographic, Hitler’s Hidden City goes into the depths of the underground bunkers and tunnels that Hitler instructed his architects to create in the lead up to the Second World War. The documentary follows a team of archeologists and historians as they uncover and explore the last remaining structures of the Third Reich.

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