DEFA Film Library
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cinema of East Germany
The Power of Images:
Representing Germany Ten Years after Reunification
Wednesday, 3 November:
Jacob the Liar (Jakob der Lügner), Dir. Frank Beyer, 1975. Director present.
Thursday, 4 November:
Festive opening of the conference
Since this evening coincides with the 10th anniversary of the decisive Alexanderplatz demonstration that precipitated the opening of the Berlin Wall five days later, a panel of distinguished guests will discuss what images of Germany were invoked in both East and West in those turbulent days and what has become of them since. Participants include one of the leading figures of German film of recent decades: Frank Beyer, whose Oscar®-nominated film Jacob the Liar will be screened at the Northampton Film Festival on 3 November.
The 6: 00 program begins with a welcome by Barton Byg, Director of the DEFA Film Library (UMass) followed by opening remarks by: Fred Byron, Vice Chancellor for Research (UMass); Lee R. Edwards, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (UMass); and Dr. Lutz Goergens, Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The opening evening’s film program will feature the 1999 feature Night Shapes (Nachtgestalten), set in contemporary Berlin (director Andreas Dresen present), shown at 7:00, and a poetic documentarist’s view of the Berlin Wall: Jürgen Böttchers’ presentation of his film The Wall (Die Mauer), shown at 9:30. Moderator will be Kraft Wetzel, one of Germany’s leading film critics.
Friday, 5 November
Book Table: Schoen Books, Hotel Northampton Lobby. Schoen Books at the Old Firehouse in South Deerfield, MA specializes in new and out of print books concerning European history of the 20th century with a particular interest in German history, the Holocaust-works by exile writers and refugees and Jewish life and culture. They carry books in French, German and Hebrew and do searches for college libraries and academics. They issue catalogues monthly that go via post and e-mail. They can be visited by appointment at 413-665-0066 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Panel: Unification and Historical Memory Session I, Moderator: Prof. Karen Remmler, Mount Holyoke College
Panel: Unification and Historical Memory Session II
Panel: Literature, Cultural Studies and Popular Culture Session I, Moderator: Prof. Sara Lennox, University of Massachusetts
Panel: Literature, Cultural Studies and Popular Culture Session II
Reception at ICESTORM International, 78 Main Street, Suite 401. ICESTORM International invites all conference participants to join them in celebrating the first DEFA film to be released on DVD, Jacob the Liar, and the new catalogue of video releases.
Northampton Film Festival: The Valley Advocate Weekend Kick-off Party, Northampton Center for the Arts. Admission with separate fee or Film Festival Full Pass.
Saturday, 6 November
Book Table: Atticus Albion Bookstore, Hotel Northampton Lobby. Book table with German and film studies books.
Panel: Perspectives on the German Media (film/television), Session I
Panel: Perspectives on the German Media (film/television), Session II. Moderator: Prof. Barton Byg, DEFA Film Library
Panel: German/U.S. Cultural Interchanges in Berlin as New Capital City, A Roundtable/Discussion
East German Underground films. Claus Löser, filmmaker and curator, will give an introduction to the films. Admission with separate fee or Film Festival Full Pass.
Northampton Film Festival: Artists’ Reception. Admission with separate fee or Film Festival Full Pass.
Sunday, 7 November
Panel: Film Studies/Cultural Studies
Northampton Film Festival Film-Making Forum, "Writers and Directors," Northampton Center for the Arts. Frank Beyer and Ralf Schenk will participate in a forum on how directors and writers work together. Admission with separate fee or Film Festival Full Pass.
Northampton Film Festival:
The Northampton Film Festival will feature four programs in cooperation with the DEFA Film Library (University of Massachusetts), and ICESTORM International (Northampton, MA) with support from Progress Film-Verleih GmbH, and the DEFA Foundation, Berlin:
The DEFA Film Library gratefully acknowledges support from numerous sources in the Five Colleges and beyond. These include: ICESTORM International Inc. and Northampton Film Festival (local partners); General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany; Goethe-Institut Boston; Inter Nationes (Bonn); Progress Film-Verleih GmbH; Partner für Berlin, the RIAS Berlin-Kommission, the Max Kade Foundation, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, a State Organization of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the Five Colleges: Five College Lecture Fund, Five College Film Council, Hampshire College European Studies Program, Amherst College German Department, Mount Holyoke College German Studies Department, Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Department. At the University of Massachusetts: Vice Chancellor for Research Frederick W. Byron, Jr.; Dean Lee R. Edwards, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, the European Studies Program, and the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Judaic Studies.
Also at the conference: the premiere of ICESTORM International, Inc.’s video release of the documentary The Fall of the Wall: The Path to German Reunification, and When the Wall came Tumbling Down: 50 Hours that Changed the World.
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