When Witt saw the finished product for the first time, at the Tribeca Film Festival, she was moved by the other people who appear in the film, particularly Ingo Steuer, world pairs champion and Olympic bronze medalist who is now coach of four-time world pairs champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy. He spoke about how as a teenager Stasi (secret police) officials forced him to spy on Witt.
"It was good for him to do that. He set the record straight," Witt said. "Forgive the guy -- he was young. If somebody could be upset, it was me, and I'm the one who has forgiven him from the beginning."
"There was a reason and a methodology that the Stasi were known for and they used on their people to intimidate them," Kheshgi said. "He was at that age (17 when the spying began), in a very vulnerable position."
The film also sheds light on Witt's coach, Jutta MŁller, who during Witt's competitive career was often cast as a cold, domineering taskmaster who was an instrument of the East German regime.
"I know she was seen as a very strong, very tough woman," Witt said. "Hardly anybody got to see the other side, which we got to see -- the side I always respected because as hard as she was to her students, that's how hard she was on herself. She didn't ask for anything more than she would deliver.
"To see her after all these years being so vulnerable as well as showing how much pressure she was under," she added, "I think it makes that piece special and shows her in a different light. She is a woman with all the aspects we have: being sensitive, being emotional and being warm hearted and not just being a tough coach."