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Film and Discussion "The Secret Race. A Play about the NSA"

The Secret Race. A Play about the NSA.

Germany, 2013, 27 min., Director: Tobias Rosenberger, Cast: Malte Scholz (from Pullach, Germany, headquarters of the intelligence agency of the German government) as Tyler Hamilton, "Schmitt" + "The NSA" as Lance Armstrong, "The Chinese" as Team Festina and "Other Fuckers" as Other Fuckers

It was pure coincidence that for a few days in the summer of 2013, two unrelated events simultaneously dominated the major headlines in the German press: the monitoring and spying scandal of 2013, triggered by Edward Snowden’s leaks of National Security Agency top-secret classified documents, and the official acknowledgement of the prevalence of doping in competitive sports, best symbolized by Lance Armstrong’s televised confession. One is quickly struck by the substantial parallels between these two seemingly different situations: the existence of a rule of silence and the resulting significance of key witnesses or informants (whistleblowers).

Based on Tyler Hamilton’s autobiography The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs, this filmed performance is an artistic experiment  about monitoring and spying. It indirectly raises questions such as:  What may actually be at stake in the 21st century? How do we define truth today? And: who reads the following words, and how do they interpret them?

Discussion follows the screening with director Tobias Rosenberger and Dieter Dettke, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

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