[spectre] Former East/Former West, Lichtblick Kino

Shelly Andrea Silver sas2256 at columbia.edu
Sat Jul 15 18:07:14 CEST 2023

Dear Friends:
I’m excited to invite you to a screening of  Former East/Former West. It’s special for me to show the film in Berlin, where it was filmed several decades ago. Do come if you’re curious and spread the word to anyone who might be interested. It would be great to see you there.

Former East/Former West
1994/62:00, in German with English subtitles

Monday July 31st, 7pm*
Wednesday August 16th, 7pm*

Lichtblick Kino <https://lichtblick-kino.org/former-east-former-west/> (click for info/tickets)
Kastanienallee 77

*Followed by a discussion moderated by author and curator Michael Freerix, with special guest Annette Maechtel, who lived this 2-year+ adventure with me.

Made up of hundreds of street interviews done in Berlin two years after the Reunification, Former East/Former West is a vital, surprisingly open, and at times disturbing documentary about what it means to be German at this particular moment in history. For forty-five years, residents of this divided city lived radically different lives, both in terms of ideology and everyday experience. Silver questions the very notion of a shared language, focusing on changing definitions of words for political and economic systems - democracy, freedom, capitalism, socialism - as well as words used to describe nations and identity - nationality, Germany, history, foreigners, home. 

Watching the interviewees grapple with their own personal definitions of these ideologically loaded terms, viewers can't help but ask these same questions to themselves. In this way, Silver's project takes on a much larger scope, raising key questions facing most countries today - what makes up a nation or a national identity; where do boundaries begin and end, who belongs within these boundaries and who does not.


apologies for crosslistings.

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