Farewell Comrades! – Wars (Episode 2)

The second episode revolves around the years from 1980 to 1984. The cracks in the surface become deeper as rallies take place and peace movements are formed. The death of Brezhnev, followed by the one of his successor Andropov immediately afterwards, pushes the empire into a crisis.

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  • 01/2013 - „Farewell Comrades“ is nominated for the Grimme Award

    Breaking news from Marl: our TV series “Farewell Comrades!“ by Andrei Nekrasov is nominated for the Grimme Award 2013! The [...]

    Breaking news from Marl: our TV series “Farewell Comrades!“ by Andrei Nekrasov is nominated for the Grimme Award 2013! The jury selected a total of 57 productions out of 807 entries; “Farewell Comrades!” is nominated in the category “Information – TV series”. Over six episodes, the series follows the 16-year countdown leading to the breakdown of the Soviet Empire – told from the perspective of the people who experienced, caused or tried to prevent it. The winners of the 49th Grimme Award will be announced on April 12, 2013 in Marl, Germany.

    Grimme Award 2013 - Nominations 'Culture and Information'


  • 01/2013 - „Farewell Comrades!“ DVD Release at Icestorm

    Right in time with the nomination for the prestigious german Adolf Grimme Award 2013, our 6-part documentary series „Farewell Comrades“ [...]

    Right in time with the nomination for the prestigious german Adolf Grimme Award 2013, our 6-part documentary series „Farewell Comrades“ and the award-winning web-format "Farewell Comrades! Interactive" is released at Icestorm Distribution. In addition to the DVDs and the DVD-Rom, there´s an extensive booklet with background information included.

    ICESTORM Distribution


  • 01/2012 - “Farewell Comrades” French version available on DVD

    Dear Comrades, if you want to watch the French version of the series episode by episode comfortably at home on [...]

    Dear Comrades, if you want to watch the French version of the series episode by episode comfortably at home on your sofa, order the DVD-box at ARTE-Éditions, it will be available on February 8th.

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Farewell Comrades! – Wars (Episode 2)

December 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, calls the main Western heads of state. Shortly after, in a televised speech, Mikhail Gorbachev announces: “I quit my duties as President of the USSR.” He ends 80 years of history. It is an unexpected outcome to the grand communist vision that had held the world in anticipation since the October Revolution in 1917.

2. Episode: Wars (1980-1984)

The super nation begins to disintegrate at it’s borders: The visit of pope John Paul II in 1979 in Poland gives the essential impulse for the Solidarnosc-strikes at the Danzig shipyards, the Afghanistan war soon becomes a military and economical disaster and leads to the final boycott of the Moscow Olympic Games by the West. As the Cold War heats up, the Soviet leadership is in bad shape: Within a
few months Brezhnev and the subsequent leader Andropov die. In the Satellite States the old ruling elites have also lost touch and dept overload and economic stagnation lead to raising discontentment among the citizens.

Director: Andrei Nekrasov
Script: Jean-François Colosimo, Andrei Nekrasov, György Dalos
Executive producers: Christian Beetz, Olivier Mille
Supervising producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Associate Producer: Dominique Treilhou
Editors episode 2: Lena Rem, Sonja Baeger
Additional editing: Phillip Gromov
Directors of photography: Sorin Dragoi, Andrei Erastov, Roman Ielensky
Colorist: Tom Chr. Lillevedt
Sound mix: Stéphane Larrat
Original score: Nils Kacirek & Jan-Peter Pflug
Main title music by: Andrei Nekrasov
Sound editing episode 2: Bernhard Köpke, Fabian Weigmann
Graphics episode 2: Conni Robe
Archive coordinator: Cécile Croizat
Archive researchists: Antje Boehmert, Karin Fritzsche, Sarah Dabaghy
Assistant directors: Vetta Kirillova, Ekaterina Panova
Line producers: Kathrin Isberner, Victoire Buff
Production supervisor main shoot: Christian Popp
Post-production manager: Benjamin Landsberger-Isaac
Post-production assistants: Jochen Kraft, Eva-Maria Weerts
Business affairs: Aurélie Mattlé
Technical director: Philipp Weigold
Production assistants: Nick Pastucha, Galina Stepanova, Anna Bolster
Production administrators: Daniela Schöne, Laura Cavaciutti, Claude Roy
Online editing: Henry-Pierre Rosamond
Assistant editors: François-Joseph Botbol, Alican Elcin, Robin Gaussé, Bernd Laatzel, Agnetha Lang, Bernd Lützeler, Christian Nowak, Giulia Rolino, Nathalie Vignères, Claire Le Villain
Assistant colorist: Christopher Berge Hove
IT technicians: Odd Brandtzægg, Fawaz Khatib
Interns: Tanja Bogasch, Alessandra Bogi, Judith Fächner, Anastasiya Kozlova, Marine Le Gouvello, Lisa Mayerhöfer

Team Germany
Additional camera: Maik Behres, István Imreh, Martin Langner, Ines Thomsen, Peter Badel, Peter Wuchterl, Jan Zabeil
Sound: Marc Hammerl, Uve Haussig, Susy Wehrly, Manuel Zimmer, Karsten Höfer, Thomas Funk
Research: Grit Lemke, Conny Klauss

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