This Ain’t California (2013)

This Ain’t California was released on DVD on July 8, 2014
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In 90 minutes, we see the GDR more sharply, more clearly: the skater subculture shows that not all was grey-on-grey and drab clouds of Trabant fumes. This Wildfremd production (Ronald Vietz & Michael Schöbel) by director Martin Persiel takes original clips of the “wheel-board-riders” – straight out of the East German scene in the 80s – and mixes it with animations and reencounters with the protagonists today. It is not just a well thought out story on its own – this film also raises the aesthetic bar. “Skating as freedom” is one of the leitmotifs of this film. Skating “without pressure to be better than someone else,” as one of the main characters puts it, became the goal in hindsight, or, said downright harshly, “the desire for freedom turned lifestyle”. Unbelievable, if not for the simple fact that this Californian fun could find its expression in the GDR.

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US DVD Release Date July 8, 2014
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
Australia DVD Release Date AU - Not announced

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Complete Movie Details

Run time 90 min
Theater Release Date April 12, 2013
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date July 8, 2014
Actors David Nathan, Anneke Schwabe
Directed by Marten Persiel
Writer(s) ,
MPAA Not-Rated (Not Rated)
Genre(s) Documentary, Sports
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