“Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre” (“Sabine Kleist, 7 Years Old”), dir. Helmut Dziuba, 1982

"Sabine Kleist, 7 Years Old," dir. Helmut Dziuba, 1982 (East Germany).

“Sabine Kleist, 7 Years Old,” dir. Helmut Dziuba, 1982 (East Germany).

This photo is a screen shot of one of DEFA‘s children’s films, Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre. In many descriptions of the movie, the orphaned Sabine is a lonely girl who must come to terms with the bitter-sweet reality that she has no real family, no real home – just the orphanage. I am working on the idea that the orphanage in this film is her home, indeed a happy one.