Past Meetup

German Film: The Wave!

This Meetup is past

12 people went

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Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, May 11 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely, especially the last week & day before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring a finger-food hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie - no chips/cookies/desserts etc. please) for twelve and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic bubbly) to share. Dessert will be provided. (Other notes about hor d'oeuvres, ovens & such appear under the gray "About Us" tab on the left side of this page, and photos of guest food contributions can be seen under the blue "Photos" tab on top of the page.) If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No as soon as possible (preferably a week in advance or sooner) so someone on the waiting list to be notified in time to change their plans. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin promptly at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

In the German film, The Wave (2008), it is project week at a high school. Students are to learn about different forms of government, and a reluctant teacher is assigned to teach autocracy. Faced with his students' apathy and arrogance ("This is over-hashed history and we're too intelligent to fall for anything like that"), he decides to demonstrate their vulnerability by encouraging them to form their own autocracy. What begins as a creative teaching exercise grows out of control as even the teacher underestimates the power and draw of a group identity on impressionable minds.

This film is a great demonstration of a number of social psychological concepts, such as group mentality, the need for belonging, group polarization, and even the iron law of oligarchy (absolute power corrupts absolutely). One of the many things that impressed me about this film is that the effects are not limited to those on young impressionable minds, but on the teacher's also.