Last Stop, Kreuzberg

Τελευταίος Σταθμός, Kreuzberg

The Kreuzberg district of West Berlin is home to foreign workers – Greeks and Turks who are struggling for a better future while trying to maintain their national identity. The lives, problems, and collective political action of the Gastarbeiters are explored in this great documentary by Giorgos Karypidis, who had himself lived and worked as a director for SFB national television in Berlin. Karypidis is a filmmaker with comprehensive knowledge of the constantly evolving international socio-political situation, which he gained through working and studying in different countries. He had all the tools for creating a cinema with an open antenna to international social issues. Whether through documentaries or through his later classic noir films, the common thread always returns to situations and heroes who carry their existential weight with a hopeful eye to the future. In this exemplary social documentary, far from any attempt to establish a narrative of emotional ease, Karypidis captures the collective anguish of entire generations who found themselves rootless. The film will be screened in a newly restored digital copy (DCP), created for the purposes of the event “Motherland, I See You,” with English subtitles and Greek subtitles for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (SDH).

Screening Schedule

No scheduled screenings.


Direction: Giorgos Karypidis
Cinematography: Theodoros Margas
Format: DCP
Production Country: Greece, Germany
Production Year: 1975
Duration: 22΄

Giorgos Karypidis

Filmography

1967 Limit (short fiction)
1975 Last Stop: Kreuzberg (short)
1979 The Painter Theophilos
1982 Dangerous Game (fiction)
1986 Witches (TV)
1988 In the Shadow of Fear (fiction)
1992 Dead Liquor (fiction)
1995 Bewitched (fiction)
2004 Utopia (fiction)
2012 And God made the... Greeks (fiction)