Gallant Girls


Germany| 2002. Subtitles. Colour. 95 mins.

Back in the 1980s, before the Wall came down, the Kreuzberg quarter of Berlin was a vibrant artistic and political place. Men and women, gay and straight, worked to bring about change in society through direct political action. In this powerful and passionate documentary, filmmaker and original scene member Barbara Teufel narrates, interviews former comrades and recreates pockets of time as experienced by the ‘female knights’ or ‘gallant girls’. Squatting in Knight Street and sharing everything—beds, bank accounts, the revolution—they struggled to carry out the fight against capitalism. Authenticity is very hard to find nowadays, so take a leaf out of these ladies’ diaries.

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