Synopsis & credits

June 19th, 1983. At a clearing in a forest close to the East-German city of Teichel, Thomas and Gundula Anhalt secretly put together a single-engine aircraft. Their oldest son Michael is being turned into a small soldier for the socialist state at school and their youngest daughter Isabell is only three years old. Longing for freedom and a better future for their children, Thomas and Gundula want to escape life under a communist regime. The children are to go with them on the flight in the tiny aircraft. However, their activities in the windy field don’t go unnoticed and they are betrayed by passers-by. The family is arrested by the Stasi and sentenced to prison. Thirty years later the family members look back on the events, which are still a determining factor in their lives. What were the consequences of their attempted escape for the relationships within the family? And did the parents eventually manage to realize their dream of leading a life of freedom together with their children?

DirectorHester Overmars
WriterHester Overmars & Adri Schrover
CameraAdri Schrover nsc
SoundDiego van Uden
Footage researchGerard Nijssen
Family archivesMichael Anhalt
EditorRalf Verbeek
Sound Design & ComposerMark Glynne
Line ProducerRenske Meertens
ProducerJoost Seelen
Producer NCRVYolande van der Blij
Commissioning editor NCRVJelle Peter de Ruiter
This productions was made with support from
Mediafonds & CoBO.


Forbidden Flight will be screened in competition at the Dutch Film Festival 2015.

Lantaren Venster (Rotterdam), premiere
11 October 2014 - passed

De Balie (Amsterdam)
14 October 2014 - passed

ECI Cultuur Fabriek (Roermond)
15 October 2014 - 20:00 - passed

Filmtheater Hilversum (Hilversum)
16 October 2014 - 20:15 - passed

Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught (Vught)
19 October 2014 - 13:00 - passed

Filmtheater De Nieuwe Scène (Venlo)
22 October 2014 - 20:00 - passed

WORM off screen (Rotterdam)
23 October 2014 - 20:00 - passed

Melkweg via Duitsland Instituut (Amsterdam)
9 November 2014 - 15.45 - with Q&A Hester Overmars - passed


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P.O. Box 4673, 4803 ER Breda
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+31 76 514 0871


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Zuidenwind Filmproductions
P.O. Box 4673, 4803 ER Breda
the Netherlands
+31 76 514 0871