Elizabeth Dexter

A Conversation with Helke Misselwitz

Elizabeth Dexter, 2022

Helke Misselwitz (1947) distinguished herself as a documenter of lives in disarray and utmost ordinariness with great warmth in the years around German reunification. What is vividly clear in her first feature-length documentary, Winter Adé (1988), which sees the filmmaker travel the country by train one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, is the interest in women’s societal and social roles in particular. Misselwitz: “I think every life is worth telling. It’s just that not all people can tell interesting stories about it. One becomes a kind of helper. You help to describe the lives of others.”