Film Screening: "I'm a Negro, I'm an American: Paul Robeson" / "I'm Ernst Busch"
June 25, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst Campus
Two films on political song | Intro by Johanna Yunker, UMass Amherst
I’m a Negro, I’m an American: Paul Robeson
(GDR, 1989, dir. Kurt Tetzlaff, 86 min., b/w, doc.)
Biographical notes on the American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (1898-1976), who performed in the GDR. Robeson’s career ended at its apex amidst anti-Communist Cold War hysteria. Special Screening presented by the DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin.
I’m Ernst Busch
Ich bin Ernst Busch
(Germany, 2000, dir. Peter Voigt, 59 min., color, doc.)
A portrait of the famous communist singer and actor Ernst Busch, best remembered for performing workers’ songs, including those by Hanns Eisler. He first became known for political songs in the 1920s Berlin cabaret scene; after WWII he tried to help build socialism in East Germany.
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