March 10, 2013 · 2:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
The unifying theme of the[masked] Goethe Center Film Series is German unification then and now.
This season we are showing films that highlight the complex issues surrounding German unification from different perspectives and at different periods in its reception. The first two films in the series were documentaries dealing with the fall of the wall from reflective points of view 10 and 20 years respectively after the events of November 1989. Our next two films are feature films dealing with the subject of East and West then and now.
The first film in the series is: Der Tunnel (The Tunnel) Director: Roland Suso Richter, color, 2 hours and 47 min., 2001, German with English subtitle.
Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. On his own escape, he is determined to arrange the escape to the West of his sister and her family. The idea of the tunnel is born, but the project does not run smoothly. The participants struggle not only with the massive logistics of their task, but betrayal from friends in the East. And always the East German police are close to discovering the plot.
We look forward to a lively discussion about the film itself, its reception of German unification, and its impact on contemporary German and American audiences.
Film showing is FREE at the Lynch Auditorium (building #2) with parking available in front of the auditorium.
We'll meet after the film in the Campus Cappuccino Bar.