Minutes to Midnight

After 1989: A Trip To Freedom

30 years after the Berlin Wall, a real-life tale of imprisonment and liberty

‘After 1989’ is the story of how a young man escaped Germany in 1945, while his grandson made the other way round, looking for answers that he could only find in 2017.

  1. Skinny Kid Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 3:50
  2. A Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot On A B-29 Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 1:41
  3. The Logic Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 2:23
  4. 13 Days Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 3:28
  5. Unter Den Linden Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 3:40
  6. Love Field Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 4:24
  7. Requiem Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 2:10
  8. The Day Before Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 2:46
  9. Berlin 91 Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 4:10
  10. Sachsenhausen Minutes To Midnight Buy on Bandcamp 4:04
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Synopsis

Summer, 1986. During a family dinner, my grandfather told us how fascists captured and sent him to Germany in 1941. After four years in a concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin, he escaped, days before the Allies stormed in. After crossing Europe, he came back home.

Obsessed by a feeling of impending doom, I grew up during the Cold War. In 1991, I took my first trip to Berlin and watched a divided city as it still was. Didn’t dare to visit the camp.

2017. I’m on the S-Bahn train to Oranienburg, this time to finally see the konzentrationslager. I think about the connection between my grandfather’s experience and the menacing fragile world that died on the 9th of November 1989.

When I finally cross the steel gate of Sachsenhausen, I realize how this story is about being a prisoner. Whether in a concentration camp, behind a wall, caught within propaganda or fearing a nuclear holocaust.


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