horrors of World War II to the reign of Communism to a city and a people
divided by a Wall, Berlin has been alternately bound and shattered by its
history. But in 1989, the Wall fell, opening the floodgates. In the early
2000s, over a decade later, Berliners are going through the process of
reunification, rebuilding and reconciliation. This is where the
documentary Berlin Metamorphoses begins to tell the story of
the transformation taking place in Berlin.
the fall 2001 and spring through the fall 2002, we hear and see the changes
which have been taking place since the fall of the Wall. Over seventy five
individuals living in Berlin, including Germany's President, Johannes Rau;
columnist and publisher of the Berlin newspaper Tagespiegel, Hermann Rudolph;
speak about the changes. Berliners from every discipline: artists, students,
educators, immigrants, government officials, city planners, and entrepreneurs
all express their point of view. These voices are woven together with archival
and present day footage in an essay to present the interaction of present day
Berlin and its history.
Robert E. Frye is an Emmy award winning producer and
director of documentaries and network news programs for over four decades. His
recently completed documentary “In My Lifetime: A presentation of The Nuclear
World Project” tells the story of the sixty five year struggle to find
solutions on how to dispose of and reduce the number of nuclear weapons in
the world. Frye has been an independent documentary producer and director since
1988. Before that he spent two decades as a producer in network news in the
United States and Canada. In 2008 he was commissioned to produce and direct a
short documentary entitled Freedom without Walls commemorating the 20th
anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009. The film was awarded a Gold
Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival’s INTERCOM competition.
cooperation with German University Alliance's North American Alumni Network of
Freie Unversitaet Berlin and LMU Munich.
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