Alternative Squatting

Penelope Buitenhuis

1983, 14:00 minutes, colour, English


"This tape illustrates numerous alternative 'squatting' organizations in Berlin. Our intention was to examine how the alternative community, under pressure due to housing shortages, lack of space and funding, succeeded in creating a number of community services without the government's support. The first organization represented is "Heile Haus" (Healing House), an alternative natural medicine hospital constructed in a squatted building. It offers free medical services to the ghetto community, to people without health insurance, and to those injured in demonstrations who cannot go to state hospitals; the second is the "Kinderbahnhof, a children's zoo created by squatters beside the Berlin Wall on an empty lot that they occupied and regenerated. The rest of the tape examines the conflict between police and squatters, with stock footage of riots and evicted squatters living in tents." -P.B.

Rental and Sales

Single Screening Rental


Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)


5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy


Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote

Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote

Curators and programmers, please contact to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.

Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.