What did we do wrong?
Erich Mielke, Master of Fear


2013-2015

Erich Mielke was one of the most feared politicians of the former East German Republic. A firm believer in communism, a political hardliner, a survival artist, who made it to head of the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) in 1957, which he would remain for over thirty years. Under his leadership the Stasi has grown into the most efficient and unscrupulous secret service in the world, that doesn't shy away from kidnap, compulsory hospitalisation and murder. This 90-minute docudrama exposes the life and character of a man responsible for East German security. Dramatised scenes show Erich Mielke at the height of his power in 1988 until his personal breakdown in prison after the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Mielke is still a phenomenon, whom the film examines sensitively

Maria Ossowski

(RBB Culture Radio)

The subtitle of the commendable docudrama says Master of Fear. His passion was fear, he wanted to be feared.

Sven Felix Kellerhoff

(The World)

A long overdue documentary, that proves how easily fear deprives people of their freedom.

Maria Ossowski

(RBB Culture Radio)

The film does not puff Erich Mielke up into a monster, but precisely exposes his perverse core: the desire for power and its abuse.

Lutz Pehnert

(ARD Information)

The film makes Mielke understandable as a human being with strengths and weaknesses

(Klatsch-Tratsch)

Details

Scriptwriter & Director

Maarten van der Duin
Jens Becker

Cast

Kaspar Eichel
Beate Laass
Thomas Förster
Karl-Fred Müller
Peter Rauch
Victor Choulman

Producer

Looks Film & TV

Broadcaster

MDR
ARTE Germany & France

Period

2013-2015

Duration

90:00

Calendar

15 October 2019 | 8.15pm

ARTE

24 October 2017 | 10.05pm

MDR

15 May 2017 | 11.30pm

ARD

8 May 2017 | 11.30pm

ARD

14 February 2017 | 8.15pm

ARTE

31 January 2017 | 8.15pm

ARTE

25 October 2015 | 11.05pm

ARD

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