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The DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst will welcome thirty international scholars from July 7-14, 2013 to participate in its seventh biennial East German Summer Film Institute. This year's Institute, held on the Smith College campus, will explore East Germany's filmic relationship to the USA during the Cold War. Film screenings, workshops and readings will explore how films crossed the East/West border, carrying cultural representations and enabling personal and professional relationships as well as economic transactions.

Public events associated with the Institute include a keynote lecture, "The Cold War and the Color Line: The GDR and Black America," by UMass Professor Emerita Sara Lennox, and a PUBLIC FILM SERIES entitled Amerika & the GDR that includes the North American premiere of numerous films, including the DVD premiere of the first East German spy film, For Eyes Only—Top Secret (1963). Producer and author Reggie Nadelson (The Incredible Case of Comrade Rockstar) and director Jim Finn (Interkosmos) will introduce and discuss their films during the film series.

Major sponsors of this year's Summer Film Institute and public film series include the Max-Kade Foundation; the DEFA Foundation, Berlin; DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service; PROGRESS Film-Verleih and multiple UMass and Five College sponsors.