December 2019, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation Presents: Rural Biographies – Lives in the Country

DAS HAUS AM FLUSS, 1985

Although documentary filmmakers Volker Koepp, Jochen Kraußer, and Karl Farber all have very different artistic signatures when it comes to making their work, their films about people in the Oderbruch, the Thüringer Wald, and on the Mulde all narrate personal biographies of life in the country. Volker Koepp shot AM FLUSS (East Germany 1978) in Oderbruch. The film is not just the portrait of a landscape, but also provides insights into the story of German guilt in the European east. LERCHENLIEDER (Jochen Kraußer, East Germany 1980) is the account of the unusual friendship between a 72-year-old Romanian music box collector and a twelve-year-old farmer’s boy in Thüringen. IN DER STRÖMUNG (Karl Farber, East Germany 1982) is the portrait of a ferrywoman who crosses the Mulde many times per day with her ferry. DAS HAUS AM FLUSS (Roland Gräf, East Germany 1985) tells the story of four women who must deal with life during the Second World War while their husbands right at the front. (kg) (2.12.)

arsenal cinema: Relationships in the Cold War – Films Between North Africa and the Eastern Bloc

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Afrika, Džungli, Baraban I Revoljucija

Wa Lakin Alardh Tadur

Jagdpartie

*Afrika, Džungli, Baraban I Revoljucija
Africa, The Jungle, Drums and Revolution
Suliman Elnour USSR 1977 DCP OV/EnS 12 min
*Wa Lakin Alardh Tadur It Still Rotates
Suliman Elnour USSR 1978 DCP OV/EnS 18 min
*Jagdpartie Hunting Party Ibrahim Shaddad
GDR 1964 DCP OV/EnS 40 min

Introduced by Ala al-Hamarneh (in English language)
arsenal cinema: Relationships in the Cold War – Films Between North Africa and the Eastern Bloc

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Al Nil Wal Haya

Al Nil Wal Haya Once Upon a Time … The Nile
Youssef Chahine Egypt/USSR 1969
35 mm OV/EnS 109 min

Introduced by Ala al-Hamarneh (in English language)