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Authority & Alterity in East German Movies: Day 1

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Date & Time

Jun 13, 2021 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Contact Name

Franchesca Viaud


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The festival opens with a screening of the award-winning 1989 documentary Our Children and a Zoom discussion with director Roland Steiner. Moderated by Seth Howes (Univ. of Missouri) and Mariana
Ivanova (UMass Amherst).

Roland Steiner directed films for the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films until 1990 and has since worked as a freelance director. Many of his early films explored the world of young East Germans. His later work is known for a series of portraits, including: undercover journalist Günter Wallraff; poet Erich Fried; and defense lawyer Heinrich Hannover. Steiner has lectured on filmmaking and media at various German universities.

Seth Howes, co-director of the 2021 Summer Film Institute, is an Associate Professor of German Studies at the Univ. of Missouri. His research deals with 20th-century literature and culture during the Cold War. He has published on music, culture, experimental film and social history. He is the author of Moving Images on the Margins: Experimental Film in Late Socialist East Germany (2019).

Mariana Ivanova, co-director of the 2021 Summer Film Institute, is an Associate Professor of German Film and Media and the Academic Director of the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst. Her scholarship focuses on German and European cinemas and coproductions. She is the author of Cinema of Collaboration: DEFA Coproductions and International Exchange in Cold War Europe (2019).

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