Film
Reflections and conversations with a group of East German artists who frequented the Ganymed restaurant near Brecht’s legendary Berliner Ensemble—the hub of East Berlin’s early avant-garde arts scene during the 1950s. Presented by the Goethe-Institut Boston.

June 17, 2018
7:15 pm-10:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Two short films, Revolution of a Culture and Intellect and Power will be screened.

June 19, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

The first German feature film to address the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany—only two years after WWII. Based on the real fate of an acclaimed German theater couple. 

June 19, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Amherst Cinema
This film presents the question of whether the postwar period would be marked by cultural continuity or a radical break with the past. Mozart’s work serves as the basis for this first GDR opera film, but the screenplay diverges from the original libretto. 

June 20, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Five short portraits reveal the heritage of GDR artists.

June 21, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

Two young actors make their way through the cultural maze of divided Berlin before the Wall. This film provides a good visual reference point for understanding socialist realism.

June 21, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Two films demonstrate uses of the arts to establish historical narratives. Introduction by Sky Arndt-Briggs, UMass Amherst and April Eisman, Iowa State University                     

June 22, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Two films on political song, introduced by Johanna Yunker.

June 25, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

This documentary about Friendship House, one of East Germany’s most successful “culture houses,” explores the GDR’s national experiment in bringing the arts to workers and encouraging workers to make art themselves. Features historic footage and interviews with participants and the architects of cultural policy. 

June 25, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Films on Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, two key composers of the German canon.

June 26, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

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