Farbtest Rote Fahne

Color Test: The Red Flag
A red flag is carried through the busy streets of Berlin by a team of relay runners. The relay, in which a total of 15 individuals take part, begins in Schloßstraße in the district of Steglitz. Among the runners and flag bearers are Thomas Mitscherlich, Holger Meins and Gerd Conradt. The procession takes Rheinstraße, Hauptstraße and Dominicusstraße en route to its final destination in Berlin-Schöneberg. Under the astonished eyes of passers-by, the final runner raises the red flag on the balcony of the city hall building, the seat of the government of West Berlin.
Maike Mia Höhne
by Gerd Conradt
with Thomas Giefer, Thomas Mitscherlich, Rüdiger Minow, Kai Ehlers, Jasper Halfmann, Klaus Zillig, Wolfgang Schäfer, Enzio Edschmid, Otto F. Gmelin, Roland Hähn, Manfred Blessmann, Hans Behringer, Gerd Conradt, Holger Meins
Federal Republic of Germany 1968 Without dialogue 12’ Colour Documentary form


  • Thomas Giefer
  • Thomas Mitscherlich
  • Rüdiger Minow
  • Kai Ehlers
  • Jasper Halfmann
  • Klaus Zillig
  • Wolfgang Schäfer
  • Enzio Edschmid
  • Otto F. Gmelin
  • Roland Hähn
  • Manfred Blessmann
  • Hans Behringer
  • Gerd Conradt
  • Holger Meins


Director Gerd Conradt
Cinematography Carls Völsen, Skip Norman

Produced by

Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)

Gerd Conradt

Born in Świebodzin/Schwiebus in today’s Poland in 1941, he studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) from 1966 to 1968. Since 1982 he has been a freelance director, writer, cinematographer and producer. His films are chiefly portraits, conceptually constructed portraits of an era, often in the form of long-term documentaries. His subject matters include Berlin’s local history, the division and reunification of Germany, the student movement and the Red Army Faction, poetry videos and video letters used as teaching materials and video installations. He contributes articles to books and magazines and has lectured at the universities of Salzburg, Hildesheim, Magdeburg, Berlin and Beijing.


1968 Farbtest Rote Fahne; short film 1982 Über Holger Meins 1984 Der Videopionier 1986 Fernsehgrüße von West nach Ost 1987 Ein-Blick; short film 1990 BlaubeerWald 1995 Hold Me, Love Me – Irene Moessinger und das Tempodrom 1997 Dygyldai 1998 Menschen und Steine 2000 blick.berlin.dok 2001 Starbuck Holger Meins; documentary 2003 Rettet Berlin! 2005 Monte-Klamotte 2007 Die Spree – Sinfonie eines Flusses 2008 Farbtest.6 2009 Atem – Spiegel der Seele 2011 Farbtest.10 · ARIRANG – Letter to Barack 2012 Mauerweg Stafette 2015 Video Vertov · Turn your eyes to the present 2016 Vorlass 2017 Grossbreitenbach 100%

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018