The three series of Heimat form a "people's history of Germany", the 20th Century as lived by the Simon family and the people around them. As the rural way of life is challenged by technological advances, the Nazis come to power and Germany is divided in two, this gripping story follows the effects upon ordinary people. A moving and complex story about the various meanings of 'homeland' (Heimat).
HEIMAT: A GERMAN CHRONICLE
Stretching from 1919 to 1982, the first series of Heimat is set in the rural Hunsrück area of Germany. Although different people are highlighted throughout the series, at the heart of it is Maria Simon and her family. A beautifully evocative portrait of life in the countryside, which also casts a critical eye over its traditions.
THE SECOND HEIMAT: CHRONICLE OF A GENERATION
The story shifts to Munich, as the series focuses on a group of young people in the turbulent 1960s. Against a backdrop of political change, Hermann Simon struggles to become a composer and deal with the challenges of adulthood. Each episode follows a different person in his social group as they explore love, art, illegal stimulants and politics.
HEIMAT 3: A CHRONICLE OF ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
Following on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, series three looks at the last decade of the century, as the economy falters and workers arrive from East Germany. Now an internationally respected conductor, Hermann moves back to the Hunsrück and builds a house with his partner Clarissa.