The documentary filmmaker Helga Reidemeister is dead. She died after a long illness on Monday at the age of 81 in Berlin, as the Deutsche Kinemathek announced on Wednesday, citing close family members. The Deutsche Kinemathek has Reidemeister’s complete works in its film archive.
After graduating from high school in Cologne, the filmmaker, who was born in Halle, came to Berlin to study first at the University of Fine Arts and then at the German Film and Television Academy. She lived in the capital until her death, including in a shared apartment with student leader Rudi Dutschke, about whom she made one of her films.
Other works are also a sign of her socio-political commitment. SHE documented the lives of women in prison, filmed in divided Berlin and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and reported on the withdrawal of the Soviet army. Reidemeister made the last films during the war in Afghanistan.
For her work, she has received the Adolf Grimme Prize, the Federal Film Prize and the Berlinale Peace Film Prize, among others. Reidemeister was a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and lecturer at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy.