Train to Freedom

Prague 1989, September 30th. The West-German Embassy in Prague finds itself the center of the world's political stage. For weeks refugees from East-Germany have been streamed on the premises of the Palais Lobkowitz and the surrounding streets. Within days the fenced embassy compound transformed itself into a vast refugee camp.

Wrapped up in blankets and living in tents, men and women, young and old and whole families are waiting for the politicians to act. A few belongings, memories of their past and dreams of a better life in the West is all they bring along.

This is the moment the feature length documentary "Train to Freedom" begins. Composed from exclusive archive footage, reenactments and interviews with contemporary eye-witnesses, award winning directors Sebastian Dehnhardt and Matthias Schmidt tell the exceptional story of an exodus happening in front of the world's eyes. The audience accompanies the refugees on their exhausting train-journey through communist East-Germany towards the border of West-Germany and into a new life in the western world. Starting from Prague and having to cross the territory of East-Germany and their former homeland again, the refugees are forerunners of a world-shaking event. A couple of weeks later the Berlin Wall crumbles, the Iron Curtain comes down and a new chapter of history begins.

Length 1 x 90'
Year 2014
Genre Documentary
Format HDTV
Director Sebastian Dehnhardt, Matthias Schmidt
Boadcast MDR / Arte