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FFP New Media and Johannes Fabrick develop a six-part TV mini series about the American occupation of post-war Germany

 

FFP New Media, the film production company based in Cologne, is working together with the successful Austrian director and author Johannes Fabrick ('Der letzte schöne Tag', 'Pass gut auf ihn auf') to develop a series about the period in post-war German history when the Americans occupied the Rhineland-Pfalz, working title 'Reichenheim/ Pfalz'. This six-part mini TV series will deal with historical aspects of relationships between Germany and America during the post-war period – a subject which has never before been dealt with on film. The focus here will initially be on the 1950s and 60s in the history of this region, taking into account the overall history of Germany and involving a perspective on the 1970s and 80s as well. The concept is based on the members of a German working-class family and their surroundings in the fictitious village of Reichenheim, creating a portrait of the period during the years of American occupation.

 

The consultant for the project is the renowned historian Maria Höhn (Vassar College, NY). FFP New Media producer Michael Smeaton: "More than 20 million Americans have lived in Germany at some point since the end of the Second World War. The people who were once soldiers and occupiers have become tenants, clients, employers, neighbors and friends. The Pentagon's policy of stationing American forces in Germany, which has been in place for over 60 years, has had a crucial impact on the Pfalz region and Germany as a whole. We are delighted to be working on a project for public service broadcasting, in association with Johannes Fabrick, about this important and gripping subject."