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A baker's wife films among the ruins

Elisabeth Wilms, who becomes known as the film-making baker's wife from Asseln, a district of Dortmund, starts shooting her amateur movies even before the Second World War.

Between 1945 and 1947 she documents the hardships of everyday life in her home town. The self-taught but highly committed film-maker builds up an extensive body of work.

She climbs up cranes to shoot her 1952 footage of the reconstruction of the huge Westphalia Hall in Dortmund. Her own home is turned into a film studio, and her husband has to carry the tripod when on location.

After her death in 1981 all the footage is entrusted to the local community church centre in Dortmund-Asseln.

Paul Hofmann & Ernst Schreckenberg

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