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EXBERLINER Issue 132, November 2014


Inside this month's issue: We meet Berlin's diverse and divided Vietnamese community, take a look at the legacy of the Wall and the GDR 25 years after the fall, and talk to Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) about her eight days with Edward Snowden.

VIETNAM IN BERLIN Beyond nail salons and noodle shops lies the reality of the city's Vietnamese community. We learned some of their stories.

LAURA POITRAS The American filmmaker turned Berliner speaks about filming history in the making in her Snowden documentary Citizenfour.

THE WALL FOR SALE From opportunistic GDR “wall-peckers” to current-day souvenir peddlers, the curious history of making money off the Mauer.

THE OSTALGIE BUSINESS From Plattenbau gawking to calorific Ossi eats, we test-drove seven ways to indulge in selective memory of the GDR dictatorship.

THE DAY THE GDR TOOK MY MUM AWAY Forced adoption victim Katrin Behr shares her story.

QUIZ How much do you really know about the Berlin Wall?

PRISON UNDER DEBATE A look inside the hidden GDR detention centre near Alexanderplatz

Also in this issue:

BEST OF BERLIN Gluten-free bread that – shocker! – tastes like bread, a new destination for coffee, beer and shuffleboard in Mitte, a self-publishing celebration and the latest signs of life in Wedding.

BERLIN BITES Viet eats and autumnal cidre bliss in Prenzlauer Berg.

MATTHEW WARCHUS The theatre director turned filmmaker on the unlikely bond between miners and gay activists in Pride, winner of this year's Queer Palm at Cannes.

ANGUS AND JULIA STONE The folky Australian siblings return from hiatus with a Rick Rubin-produced self-titled album and a gig at Tempodrom on Wed, Nov12.

LET'S CALL IT A DAY! On Nov 19, Israeli performance artists Hila Golan, Niva Dloomy and Ariel Nil Levy premiere their new piece about the myriad reasons we can't sleep.

KATE COOPER The British artist and winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award talks about the hard business of computer-animating women in her new exhibition Rigged at KW.

DR. DOT Got a sexy quandary? Good news: our prodigal sex advice columnist is back!

Plus all the latest in film, music, art, stage, events, fashion and much more!