May 1968: The student protests in West-Berlin are in full swing, and in the middle of it all, my 21-year-old brother Reinhard. He openly flirts with socialist tenants, partly out of protest against our conservative father. Reinhard resolves to take drastic measures and relocate to East Germany – a complete scandal.
Since Evelin’s legs were amputated, her friends no longer show up. For years now, she has been stuck in her apartment, moving only between the kitchen, computer, TV and bed. Old video footage shows her life as a man 25 years ago: the GDR has ceased to exist, but not everyone managed to find their way in the new system.
What was it like to be a lesbian woman in the GDR?
Uferfrauen follows six protagonists who lived in large and small towns in the north and south of the former socialist republic; they have a lot to tell. The women share with the audience their everyday lives at the time, their struggle for self-determination, their first love, unconventional family planning and conflicts with the SED and the law.