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Sunday Documentary: Komet Bernhard – Unframing Reality

Komet Bernhard is a Berlin nightlife legend.  Like Techno, Wegbier from the Späti and clubs that don’t close, he epitomises what makes a night out in Berlin…um…so Berlin.  Komet Bernhard – Unframing Reality is a documentary that offers a glimpse into his life. Bernhard Enste (67) was given the name Komet Bernhard by the children […]


Sunday Documentary: Abandoned Berlin

With Ciarán Fahey, author of the hugely popular Abandoned Berlin, as his guide, Jordi Busquets explores some of Berlin’s most popular urbex location for his documentary, also entitled, Abandoned Berlin. Urbex (an abbreviation of urban exploration) is an increasingly popular hobby or pastime, as more and more people appreciate the beauty in decay and the […]


Sunday Documentary: Berlin Riots (1953) – British Pathé

Berlin Riots is a British Pathé newsreel reporting on the 17 June 1953 uprising of workers against the Communist regime in East Germany. A general feeling of discontent with social and economic conditions in East Germany had been building for some time but the events of June 1953 were the first major acts of rebellion […]


Sunday Documentary: Spies Beneath Berlin

Spies Beneath Berlin is a documentary about Operation Gold, a joint undertaking by MI6 and the CIA in the 1950s to build a tunnel from West to East Berlin to intercept Soviet intelligence communications. One of the most valuable and daring operations ever undertaken. – Allen Dulles, Director of the CIA 1953-1961 In 1951 the already […]


Sunday Documentary: Megastructures – Berlin Train Terminal

Berlin Train Terminal from the National Geographic Megastructures series is a documentary about the construction of the Berlin Hauptbahnhof train station. In the words of National Geographic: In Berlin, a construction team races to finish Europe’s newest and largest train station before the football World Cup.  Follow the team as it attempts an engineering feat […]


Doping for Gold – Drugs and East German sport

State Plan 14.25, the official name for the East German program for improving athletic success through the use of performance-enhancing drugs, is the subject of the documentary Doping For Gold. In the 1970s and 1980s East German athletes were prolific medal winners but their achievements were overshadowed by rumours of widespread steroid abuse. Documents from […]


Sunday Documentary – Test for the West: Berlin

Test for the West: Berlin is a Silver Bear-winning documentary by Franz Baake that deals with the history of Berlin from the 1920s to 1962, focusing on the post-war events that lead to the Cold War. The usual milestones are discussed: the division of Berlin; the Berlin Blockade; the 1953 workers’ uprising and the construction […]


Sunday Documentary: Spirit of Berlin – July 1945

Released last month by Chronos Media GmbH to coincide with events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Berlin, Spirit of Berlin is a collection of colour HD footage of Berlin in July 1945. There is something about the use of  colour images that makes the utter devastation caused by a […]