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by Marten Persiel


This is the story of three adolescents, who made an unlikely discovery on the GDR’s crumbling tarmac: the skateboard. The board from America didn’t just become the fun epicenter of their last summers in East Germany, but also turned into a symbol for their autonomy in a decrepit “Regelstaat“ that had lost touch with its citizens. A mix of staged scenes and archive footage allows us an unconventional look into the universe of the late GDR’s youth. The legend of East German skaters is the starting point for this unheard of story about fun, rebellion and the courage to be yourself.

international title: This Ain't California
original title: This Ain't California
country: Germany
sales agent: Colibri Media
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Marten Persiel
release date: DE 16/08/2012, CH 23/08/2012
screenplay: Marten Persiel, Ira Wedel
cinematography by: Felix Leiberg
film editing: Toni Froschhammer, Maxine Goedicke, Bobby Good
art director: Anne Zentgraf
costumes designer: Simone Eichhorn
music: Lars Damm
producer: Michael Schoebel, Ronald Vietz
co-producer: Jörg A. Hoppe
production: Wildfremd Production GmbH, MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - RBB, ARTE France
distributor: Farbfilm Verleih GmbH
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