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Three short films about family, identity, and the Berlin Wall.
I. ‘Sandmännchen (The little Sandman)
II. Richard and the Wall
III. Mr. Parkinsons
Shot over 14 years and two continents, Dreileben highlights the filmmaker’s ongoing quest to uncover truths within her family’s history regarding her mother’s escape over the Berlin Wall, her own identity, and the debilitating grip of Parkinsons disease on her mother today.
Alexandra de Gonzalez is an editor and documentary filmmaker whose work on award-winning programs spans over a decade. She has worked on films in Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and the US. In 2014, Alexandra co-produced and edited ‘The Vigil’ that won Directors Cut award at the Seattle Human Rights Festival about undocumented immigrants in Arizona. In 2010, she edited several New Zealand music videos, a feature length documentary, and a music documentary called ‘7 Worlds Collide: The Sun Came Out’, about Neil Finn & friends for the non-profit, Oxfam. Her work on the film about a prolific artist, ‘Hyman Bloom, The Beauty of All Things’ won awards in the US, Tel Aviv and Hungary. She has worked on several award-winning PBS shows including NOVA, American Masters, and American Experience. Currently she is editing another film about the composer/conductor Stanislow Skrowacewski and working on her personal 3 part documentary about her experience in the DDR as a child, her mother’s escape over the Berlin Wall, and the struggle her mother is facing today with Parkinson’s disease. She recently completed her first international a residency at Schloss Plüschow in Germany.