Rabbit a la Berlin

Bartosz Kanopka / 2009 / Poland, Germany / 50 min

Mauerhase is a documentary that tells the story of the Berlin Wall from the point of view of wild rabbits living in the zone between East and West Berlin.

For 28 years Death Zone was their safe home. Full of grass, no predators, guards protecting them from human disturbance. They were closed but safe and happy. Their population quickly grew up to thousands. Guards started to remove them. But rabbits survived and stayed there. Unfortunately, for them, one day the wall fell down. Rabbits had to abandon comfortable system. They moved to West Berlin and have been living there in a few colonies since then – deprived of food, run over by cars, not knowing how to get around the new world. And they are still learning how to live in the free world, same as we – the citizens of Eastern Europe. This film takes you from rabbits to humans, from laughter to the real world.

 

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