"It was that zone between, full of grass and no predators, so 120 kilometer strip was a paradise for rabbits for a while," said Anna Wydra, producer of "Rabbit a la Berlin."
As it turns out, it's about more than just rabbits. The fall of the Berlin Wall shifted German society away from communism, symbolized by the rabbits losing their safe enclosure of 28 years and thrusting them into an uncertain future.
"The general idea [is] to tell about this metaphorical story about leaving a communist system, it was from the very beginning. But the question, 'how to do it?'-- it was very difficult to answer for years," said Wydra.
It took Wydra and three Polish friends four years to finish the film. And now it's up for an Oscar in the best short documentary subject.
"Rabbit a la Berlin" will screen just before the Oscars as part of DocuDays L.A.