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Der Tunnel (1999)

A reaction to the erection of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961 was the provision of secret routes for East Berliners to escape into freedom in West Berlin. One such was a tunnel that ... See full summary »

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A reaction to the erection of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961 was the provision of secret routes for East Berliners to escape into freedom in West Berlin. One such was a tunnel that begun construction in early 1962 masterminded by four West Berlin students: civil engineering student Ulrich Pfeifer (called Uli) who was responsible for structural concerns, political science student Hasso Herschel who oversaw construction details and communication with the refugees, steel expert and Italian national Domenico Sesta (called Memo) who was the planner, and art student and fellow Italian national Luigi Spina (called Gigi) who was the leader of the operation. The idea was borne out of a want to help Gigi and Memo's friend Peter Schmidt-Vogel who was despondent about his fate living in East Berlin. Uli and Hasso joined the plan soon after they met Memo and Gigi. Hasso was earlier imprisoned for four years by the East German regime, and joined as an act of revenge against his former captors ... Written by Huggo

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Sincere, honest, pure emotion.
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I just saw this documentary on on Dutch television and I was stunned. So honest way of shooting a documentary, shows pure human emotion. I didn't saw such a documentary for years.

This movie documentary represents the pure meaning what freedom is all about.

With the financial help of NBC the American Television station, 4 students where able to "finish" their plan to dig a tunnel from West to East Berlin, during the period this city has been separated by a wall, to give freedom to their friends and families of the other side; the east.

Together with the financial support of NBC they finished the job, but are fighting against many unexpected problems.


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