Photo: Screenshot from WATERGATE X
WATERGATE X is a documentary directed by Stathis Klotsikas produced in 2012 to celebrate 10 years of the Berlin club, Watergate. The film mixes footage from inside the club and interviews featuring a number of Watergate residents and includes a chat with world-renowned DJ, Sven Väth.
The chances are, if you’ve been to Berlin in the summer, you’ve seen people partying on the club’s deck on the Spree river as you walked over the Oberbaumbrücke.
Friedrich Liecthtenstein fans should keep an eye out for the footage from the video for Solomun – Kackvogel at 22:58.
At 32:51 Dixon identifies what differentiates some of Berlin’s most successful clubs from the ‘superclubs’ in other cities and what makes the Berlin club scene so…well, Berlin.
As well as running a successful club and record label Watergate also organises an Open Air in Rummelsberg each summer and footage of the 2011 event features from 28:15.
I stood in the queue for Watergate once but it wasn’t moving so I ended up in Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke instead – this documentary about this iconic Berlin club makes me determined to go back to have my own experiences there.
Photo: Still from Sub Berlin – The Story of Tresor
Tresor was at the vanguard of the Techno movement in Berlin as the city adjusted to its post-reunification status.
Berlin newcomers and the press hail Berghain as one of the world’s greatest clubs but Techno lovers of the 90s and early 00s will say ‘you should have been in ‘the old Tresor’.
The old club on Leipziger Strasse was torn down in 2005 as part of the redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz. The building housing the original Tresor had a checkered past. It was previously the vault under the Wertheim department store, seized by the Nazis and subsequently destroyed during the bombing raids of World War II.
Tresor re-opened in 2007 in Heizkraftwerk Mitte, a former power station on Köpenicker Strasse, and a new shopping mall is currently being built at its previous location on Leipziger Strasse.
Through interviews with clubbers and DJs who were part of the story, photos and video footage, Sub Berlin – The Story of Tresor, a 2009 documentary by Tilman Künzel tells the tale of Tresor from its opening in 1991 to the closure of its original location in 2005.
Sub Berlin – The Story of Tresor
Photo: Still from ‘Real Scenes – Berlin’
Real Scenes – Berlin by Resident Advisor, like a previous Sunday Documentary post, Children of Berlin, explores the explosion of Techno in Berlin after the fall of the wall.
People who lived through and shaped the development of the Techno scene in Berlin discuss the factors that led to the city becoming the go-to destination for clubbers.
This is another documentary that I recommended on my Facebook page and Twitter feed before I started my Sunday Documentary series on the blog.
Real Scenes – Berlin
Photo: Still from ‘Children of Berlin’
Today’s Sunday Documentary, Children of Berlin charts the development of the Berlin Techno scene after the fall of the wall.
People involved in the vibrant world of Berlin Techno, including DJs, clubbers and club owners, discuss how the city’s divided past and the unique conditions created by its reunification helped to shape the scene.
Children of Berlin – Part 1
Children of Berlin – Part 2