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Film Inspiration

‘Stasi – for your Safety’ (previous poem) was inspired by the brilliant and moving film ‘The Lives of Others’.

I wanted to portray the terror and control the Stasi (secret police) possessed over the citizens of East Germany. Thus hightlighting people’s lack of freedom in actions and thoughts. The film paints a picture not far from George Orwell’s ‘1984’, it’s utterly disturbing and I wanted the poem to echo this. Hope you enjoy it.

I have attached ‘The Lives of Others’ trailer encase you are interested:


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