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Berlin Bouncer (15*)

Nightlife: Ourselves, Our Spaces on Film

lots of people in a club with their arms up

Berlin’s transformation from divided city to party metropolis are told in this film through the life stories of three legendary bouncers.

In the late 1980s, Frank Künster came from West Germany to Berlin, where Smiley Baldwin, an American GI, was guarding the border to East Berlin and Sven Marquardt, a young punk and photographer, was living on the other side.

When the Wall fell, nightclubs became some of the first truly reunited spaces in the city. Frank, Smiley and Sven were caught up in this scene and soon became the legendary ‘guardians’ of Berlin’s hippest clubs, including the famous Berghain.

This documentary tells their stories, taking them forward to the present where forces of gentrification threaten some of these important places.

Germany 2019 Dir David Dietl 87 min Digital presentation


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