Karl Marx City (Karl Marx Stadt)

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Unsurprisingly, East Germany boasts people who are experts in suicide notes.

The Soviet satellite came to an ignoble end when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, leaving behind a lot of unanswered questions, among them Petra Epperlein's suspicion that her father (a suicide) spied for the Stasi, the state police. Now a New Yorker, Epperlein, and co-filmmaker Michael Tucker return to her childhood home and, with wonderful graphic panache, investigate her family's past as well as the life of a nation in which one out of three citizens spied on the other two.

Making smart use of jaw-dropping period material which includes some wildly creepy Stasi surveillance imagery, it's a Cold War mystery tale and a psycho-political look at how the larger world impacts our individual understanding of love, trust, and betrayal.

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