“Friendship Beyond Borders” tells two stories. 1952 – two cousins live in Helmstedt in West Germany and are inseparable. But everything changes when one part of the family moves to the GDR. 1968 – two school friends live in the restricted area of the GDR near Berlin and make plans to escape to West Berlin: will they succeed in crossing the icy Havel river?
The three participants of the third MoCom group got to know each other, the artist Livia Brocke and the entire MoCom team personally at the kick-off workshop in September 2022. They began to explore the group’s topic of Shared history – Shared Stories. During regular online meetings we discussed methods of memory work and later the collected memories and stories. After writing the manuscript, collecting sounds and music as well as recording the text, the three participants worked on their contributions for the accompanying pedagogical material.
The premiere of the german version took place on June 24, 2023 at the “Pferdestall” in Helmstedt.
The accompanying educational material (in German only) for the motion comic “Friendship Beyond Borders” is available for educational work in schools and elsewhere. The 12-minute video and additional material can be used not only in history class. Also due to references to the present they can be embedded in art, ethics, politics, English and German lessons. You can watch motion comic on YouTube with subtitles (DE).