Between the years 1949 and 1990 roughly four million people left the GDR for West Germany. West tells the story of a young mother, who together with her son leaves the GDR to try for a new beginning in the West. The film shows the interrogations conducted by the Allied secret services, which turn the Emergency Refugee Centre into a cold war location, proving once more that one cannot leave without taking along one’s past.
With great personal and political power, West shows the difficulties of daring to start a new life – if the past has taken away all faith.
West is out in cinemas on June 12.