East German Film Festival Examines Cold War Perspectives of World War I

April 13, 2015

The University of Scranton’s eighth annual East German Film Festival will showcase four films that examine the theme “World War I: A Cold War Perspective.” The films will be shown April 13, 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. The screenings are free of charge and open to the public.

Jamie Trnka, Ph.D., associate professor of world languages at The University of Scranton, will introduce the films and lead a discussion following each screening.

All four will be shown in black and white and in German with English subtitles.

The films to be shown are “Farewell” (April 13), directed by Egon Günther; “Girls in Gingham” (April 15), directed by Kurt Maetzig; “The Kaiser’s Lackey” (April 16), directed by Wolfgang Staudte; and “The Sailors’ Song” (April 17), directed by Kurt Maetzig and Günter Reisch.

The festival is presented in collaboration with the DEFA (Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft) Film Library at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The library is the only archive and research center outside of Germany devoted to films from and related to the former German Democratic Republic. The festival is also presented as a collaborative program of the University’s Schemel Forum.

For additional information, contact Dr. Trnka at 570-941-7430 or Jamie.trnka@scranton.edu.

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