April 2018, arsenal cinema

Filmspotting: Exploring the Deutschen Kinemathek’s film archive


“If there had had not been Hitler, I would have been a German-Jewish child, more German than Jewish, born in a small village in southern Germany. But I was born in Argentina and my mother tongue is Spanish. I came to Germany in 1960.” This is how Jeanine Meerapfel begins her film IM LAND MEINER ELTERN (In the Country of my Parents, FRG 1981), a search for the possible roots of her Jewish identity, a search that always comes face to face with German reality. Ordinary things suddenly seem different through the eyes of the 10-year-old Anna Levine, they become clearer. This film is at once a personal diary and a mirror of social reality in West Germany. The digital restoration is being screened for the first time, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. (ah)


arsenal cinema: Filmspotting: Exploring the Deutschen Kinemathek’s film archive

07:00 pm Cinema 1

Im Land meiner Eltern

*Im Land meiner Eltern Jeanine Meerapfel FRG 1981
DCP 88 min

Jeanine Meerapfel in person
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Land in sight – landscapes in film

08:00 pm Cinema 2

11 x 14

11 x 14 James Benning USA 1977
35 mm without dialogue 82 min