By Astrid Schult

The Last Traces

German author and documentary filmmaker Astrid Schult travels to Belarus and Russia together with her parents to visit the graves of her grandfathers fallen as soldiers in the second world war. What are the last traces people leave behind when they die? A web diary in English and German on the way to the documentary premiered at Solitude on September 14, 2017.

Web Diary – The Last Traces #2

The Searching

I wake up and have the feeling I can’t stand myself. I don’t know where this comes from. My mother never had the option to grieve. She makes up for this now, 76 years later. Now she cries in the morning in the hotel room. At the German War Graves Commission in Minsk, we learn from Mr. Brast, an official who was born in the former GDR, that the Google map I printed to find the grave is useless. The

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Web Diary – The Last Traces #1


My mother is noticeably quiet, her face looks tense. At home I told her not to expect too much. But maybe I was talking to myself as well. To be honest, I’m afraid of returning to Germany empty-handed, of disappointing my parents and myself. Four days lie ahead of us. Four days in which we have to collect all materials, sound, and images; memories and moods; all colors, words and faces. Other questions also cross my mind: How will we meet

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Web Diary – The Last Traces #0


I stand at the beginning of a search for traces of the remains of my grandfathers, their stories, their personalities about which I know almost nothing, or just a bit. Both have been killed as young soldiers of the German Wehrmacht in Belarus and Russia. There should be their graves. Together with my parents I will travel first to Belarus and then to Russia. (We can’t cross the Russian border officially over a third country, thats why there have to

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Studio Berlin

The Last Traces – Studio Visit

»No film is as exciting as life and the stories life describes. The closer I am to these stories, the better I understand other people and what motivates them.« –Astrid Schult We meet on a Monday morning at the publishing house Neues Deutschland, the former official party newspaper of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, located directly behind the Berlin club Berghain. The last tired dancers are on their way home back to reality, resting their bones from an endless

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