German and Scandinavian Studies and the DEFA Film Library at UMAss, Massachussets present:
UNVEILING OF THE BERLIN WALL PIECE
UMass received a segment of the Berlin Wall painted by acclaimed French artist Thierry Noir, entitled “The Power of Creativity Over Concrete.” In the 1980s, Noir risked arrest by East German authorities by painting illicitly on the west side of the Wall, which was built 3 meters beyond the western border. In celebration of the installation of this Berlin Wall segment outside Memorial Hall, we invite you to an upcoming event series.
MEET GERMAN FILMMAKER GERD KROSKE
Award-winning German film director Gerd Kroske will visit UMass Amherst campus from April 24 until April 28. He will join German and Scandinavian Studies classes and present two of his documentaries.
MONDAY April 24 7:00 PM UMass ILC 240 S;
DRAWING A LINE / STRICHE ZIEHEN
(Germany, 2014, 96 min., EN ST)
In 1986, five former East Germans members of the punk and underground scene planned an art project: They wanted to paint a line all around the Wall from the west side.
Introduction by Mariana Ivanova (Academic Director of the DEFA Film Library
WEDNESDAY April 26 7:00 PM UMass, ILC 240 S
THE WALL / DIE MAUER
(GDR, 1990, dir. Jürgen Böttcher, asst. dir. Gerd Kroske, 98 min., EN ST)
An awarded film about the deconstruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989 which makes no use of vocal commentary but instead focuses on visual impressions.
Introduction by Victoria Rizo Lenshyn (Associate Director of the DEFA Film Library).
For more information about the event series, please visit umass.edu/defa or scan the QR code.
The event series is supported by the Goethe-Institute Boston, the Chancellor’s Office, German and Scandinavian Studies and the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst.