The documentary VILLAGE LOVE portrays everyday existence in the small Thuringia village of Berka over the last 60 years. The local miller’s son, Ludwig Schirmer, photographed his village’s daily life before moving on to become an advertising executive. His photos of Berka possess an aura of stunning authenticity. His daughter Ute Mahler and her husband Werner Mahler, both previously known for photography prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain, continued this photographic documentation. The result is a visual time capsule of a community over the course of decades. Where once there was small town community, today there is merely isolation.
Protagonists Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler, die Bewohner des Dorfes Berka
Author / Director Pamela Meyer-Arndt
Camera Peter Badel
Sound Jürgen Schönhoff
Montage Gudrun Steinbrück
Music Tonfarm Leipzig
Financing Pamela Meyer-Arndt
Producer Maria Wischnewski
Producer Christian Beetz
Production Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion
Partner MDR, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Defa Stiftung
Length / Year 90 Min. / 2010
Format Digi-Beta, DVD