Neues Deutschland (1994)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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An exploration of the revival of Nazi sentiment in Germany is the theme of the five short films gathered together in this anthology. In the first film, titled "Ohne Mich" (Without Me), the lead character, an aspiring documentary filmmaker named Dani Levy, tries to get some attention for his film about skinheads versus Turkish immigrants. However, as a Jewish lad in today's Germany, his fears for the future prompt him to move to the moon.The second film captures the spirit of triumphalism in the celebrations of the reuniting of Germany, and it titled "Short Circuit." It takes the wiring difficulties of Helmut Kohl's Leipzig speech as being prophetic of difficulties to come. The third film is a surrealistic consideration of the captivity of a documentary maker by a Hitler-loving couple, entitled "Sacred Cows." The penultimate film is titled "A Place, A Suicide," and shows the suicidal reaction of a newly crippled man to the taunt by a group of boys that "Hitler would have had you gassed." The final film is a documentary featuring interviews with to punk rockers who were savagely beaten by Nazi-influenced skinheads, entitled "Victims, Witnesses."