Screenings

The Multicultural Germany Project and the German Film Club invite you to attend a screening of the 2006 documentary "Omulaule heißt schwarz" (Omulaule Means Black; German with English subtitles) and the following discussion.

Dwinelle Hall B4, basement level. Refreshments will be served.

This documentary by Beatrice Möller, Nicola Hen, and Susanne Radelhof deals with the lives of young Namibians who grew up in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and had to return to Namibia following German reunification.

In the film, these young people fondly look back at their East German childhood and consider how their relationship to Germany has since been complicated by immigration laws and Germany‚s uncomfortable colonial past. The film also explores the difficulties of their return to Namibia, a country of which they had little memory. Where is your home if the culture of your childhood no longer exists and your "homeland" is foreign to you?

Today these young adults struggle to re-define notions of “home” and to construct a cohesive identity despite their disrupted biographies and the narrow-minded notions of others. "To the Whites, we are black, and, to the Blacks, we are German"; This is a paradox they attempt to circumvent by their identification as "Omulaule," which is Oshiwambo for black.

Friday, April 11th at 6:00pm in 102 Moffitt Library: Film screening followed by Q&A with the director

RICORDARE ANNA – REMEMBER ANNA by Dr. Walo Deuber (award-winning Swiss filmmaker)

Viktor Looser (Matthias Gnädinger, The Downfall) has been living in the past for a decade. He cannot get over the death of his daughter Anna (Bibiana Beglau, The Legend of Rita) and her two children. When the past confronts him in the present, the years of bitterness suddenly appear in a different light. In severely deteriorated health, Viktor decides to take a very different look at the past. He sets off to the place which once upon a time had so profound an effect on his daughter: Sicily. After completing her degree in Italian in the mid-1980s, Anna felt drawn to Sicily. The spirited 26-year-old student left behind her involvement in militant youth rebellions in Zurich, and, to her father’s horror, passed up the opportunity of a career at the university. The search in Sicily proves difficult for Viktor, but in dialogues with the dead Anna, who in the course of his research magically comes closer and closer to him again, his picture of his daughter’s loves and woes begins to reassemble.

Prof. Deuber has taught seminars in Europe and the United States and teaches scriptwriting and drama at the HGKL (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Luzern). After earning his doctorate from Zurich, Dr. Deuber worked as a journalist for various Swiss newspapers and was an editor for Limmat-Verlag. Select films by Walo Deuber include Spuren Verschwinden (Fading Traces, 1998) and Der schwarze Tanner (1984).

For further information or questions please contact Melissa Etzler.

"Aus der Zeit" (Out of Time, 2007) by Harald Friedl.

Special film screening followed by a Q&A session with the director!

The film is a painfully, tenderly funny portrait of a dying breed: the independent family store owners in Vienna. Under the pretext of filming a megalopolis, "Berlin, Symphony of a Big City" extolled the hectic rhythm of machines, the accelerating circulation of goods and messages: the automated world of the future. Almost eighty years on, in a Europe in which economic prudence is becoming the rule, where "big" either eclipses or absorbs "small," "traditional" Mom & Pop shops are vanishing at an alarming rate.

"Out of Time" is a documentary about four of this dying breed of small local shops: a butcher shop, a drug store, a leatherwear shop and a button shop. By the end of the film only one of these shops will have survived. Silently observed by the camera, the film unfolds as a portrayal about memories, relationships, working conditions, love, loneliness and the passing of time