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  • Refugees at the European Gates, Aug 30

    Migration to Europe for reasons of survival (esp. from Syria and Afghanistan) and for economic reasons has vastly increased since 2014. The massive movements are a challenge and also a test for the willingness of the (mostly affluent) European countries to deal with the issues on a political, a humanitarian …read more

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  • Lightning over Water (Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, US/West Germany, 1980), Jun 24

    When Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders decided to make a film together, Ray had already undergone surgery for cancer. It was only after shooting began that the two directors fixed on the idea of taking their real-life situation as the film’s fiction: Wenders and Ray deciding to make a film …read more

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  • The State of Things (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1982), Jun 23

    Stuck while his Hollywood film Hammett was on hiatus, Wenderscreated this self-reflective film-within-a-film about, of course, a filmmaker stuck on a Hollywood project. The film moves from the rocky Portuguese coast, where crew members wait out some very long days and nights as their science-fiction movie grinds to a halt, …read more

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  • Under Electric Clouds (Aleksey German Jr., Russia/Ukraine/Poland, 2015), Jun 20

    Bay Area Premiere! Featuring Louis Franck, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova. “Everything is in chaos,” fittingly notes a character in Aleksey German, Jr.’s science-fiction look at a not-so-futuristic Russia. The film is set exactly one hundred years after the Russian Revolution amid a ruined, unfinished skyscraper, where assorted souls wander in …read more

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  • The Left-Handed Woman (Peter handke, West Germany, 1978), Jun 19

    Wenders produced this exquisite film written and directed by Peter Handke. “A married woman living in the suburbs of Paris separates from her husband and begins adjusting to a life alone. As the banal particulars of her daily routine proceed in a rigorously poetic fashion, every spoken word and gesture …read more

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  • The American Friend (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1977), Jun 18

    Wenders’s first “commercial” film merges his usual steadily presented musings on European identity, American culture, and cinema with some surprising new ingredients, from pulp-thriller source material—Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game—to a star turn from the manic, ever-destabilizing Dennis Hopper. A dying clockmaker (Bruno Ganz) meets a seedy American (Hopper, of course) …read more

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  • Under Electric Clouds (Aleksey German Jr., Russia/Ukraine/Poland, 2015), Jun 17

    Bay Area Premiere! Featuring Louis Franck, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova. “Everything is in chaos,” fittingly notes a character in Aleksey German, Jr.’s science-fiction look at a not-so-futuristic Russia. The film is set exactly one hundred years after the Russian Revolution amid a ruined, unfinished skyscraper, where assorted souls wander in …read more

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  • Schein und Sein, Apr 26

    Illusion and reality, art and nature, cuss word and sonnet, Merkel and Trump, postmodern philosophy and the realities of​ everyda​y​ life:​ UC Berkeley’s annual German student cabaret presents a poetic mix of comedy and tragedy, ​​reconciling the seemingly irreconcilable. …read more

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  • Study Abroad Student Panel, Apr 16

    Find out why students who have studied abroad think it’s one of the best experiences of their lives! Hear students describe how you can fulfill academic requirements, learn languages, and complete independent-study projects or internships on your road to becoming a global citizen. …read more

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  • How to Identify a Refugee? A Roundtable, Apr 15

    Presented by the Department of German in the context of Professor Deniz Göktürk’s Graduate Seminar on “Framing Migration” and the Multicultural Germany Project April 15, 2016, 2-5 p.m. 3335 Dwinelle Hall Marco Jacquemet What’s in a Name? Asylum Hearings in the Age of Suspicion Using ethnographic evidence from asylum hearings in various European states (Italy, …read more

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