The Diplomat



Director: Jennifer Arnold and Senain Kheshgi. Producers: Jennifer Arnold, Senain Kheshgi and Jimmy Tsai. Editors: Pi Ware, Monique Zavistovski and Louis Lee.



Awards and Festivals

Emmy Nominee (Outstanding Music Composition), Tribeca Film Festival


At the height of the Cold War, Katarina Witt became one of East Germany’s most famous athletes. Trained in an ice rink that gave rise to socialist heroes, Witt dominated her field by winning six European skating titles, five world championships and back-to-back Olympic gold medals, becoming arguably the world’s best figure skater.

Known as “the most beautiful face of socialism,” her success gave her a unique status in East Germany. It also triggered constant surveillance by the Stasi, East Germany’s notorious secret police force. This film chronicles how Witt fought for her future in socialist East Germany, faced the great changes that occurred after the fall of the Berlin wall and ultimately ended up both a beneficiary and victim of the East German regime.

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