Referring to your recent review of the German film Barbara (M Star September 28), readers may have noted that not many German films receive distribution in Britain and certainly don't receive the sort of publicity that Lives of Others and Barbara are having.
These films both depict the German Democratic Republic as a Stasi-dominated country of darkness and oppression. Significantly these films are made by west German directors who never knew the GDR first-hand.
If the GDR was such a horrendous police state why aren't any of its own home-grown directors being allowed to tell the stories?
The GDR had internationally renowned film-makers, but virtually all were blacklisted after the west's takeover and now languish without commissions. Another example of the victor rewriting history, and some artists' subservience to ruling class demands.