This Ain't California Review

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Thousands of miles and an Iron Curtain away from California's Dogtown scene, East Germany boasted a thriving street skating scene in the 1980s. Filmmaker Marten Persiel takes a Super-8 slant on the GDR's ollie posse.


Following Nanook Of The North comes Panik Of The East, as Marten Persiel concocts a vivid docu-myth to examine the role that the early 1980s skateboarding boom played in undermining East German authoritarianism. Skilfully fabricated, eminently plausible and highly enjoyable.

A fun and frothy mock-doc with a message buried in its axle.