"Mauerpark" (Darling Berlin) available on DVD and VOD
They are called Dr. Motte and Wladimir Kaminer but also Schraubermicha or Ginger Brown. They and many others are visitors to the Mauerpark. The film from director Dennis Karsten tells the stories of people from the East Berlin city park between Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding. Today, the park offers above all space for artistic creativity and is an intercultural meeting place for people from all walks of society, for individualists, artists, sportsmen and women, musicians and brings them together. The uniqueness of the park lies in the peaceful coexistence of alternative life styles, fringe groups and subcultures. However, the park also stands for the change taking place in the district, which is under pressure from gentrification. Building plans from a property developer are threatening the area, but it is still holding its own with its diverse structures. The film submerges into the depths of the Mauerpark microcosm and observes the different dimensions of the park. It not only portrays the various visitors, but also the park’s diversity by showing its closeness to nature and the activities of insects and birds there. “Mauerpark” captures the summer of 2009 in Berlin, showing the uniqueness and variety of the park’s cosmos and the prevalent feeling of freedom there. It is a poetic and sometimes funny portrait of the magic of the park and the people there.