I Was Nineteen


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A FREE SCREENING IN CELEBRATION OF DEFA FILM LIBRARY'S 20th ANNIVERSARY!
Tickets available at the box office only!  First come, first served.  With introduction by Dr. Barton Byg, Founding Director of the DEFA Film Library at Umass and UMass Amherst Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies.

During the last days of World War II, as Germany is finally liberated from the Nazis, a young Soviet soldier of German descent returns to his homeland, alongside the victorious Soviet Army.

Gregor is also the child of left-wing Germans who fled from Hitler and spent the war in the Soviet Union. As a result, his return to Germany is ambivalent; he finds he is a stranger in his own land. Film critics rank Konrad Wolf’s most autobiographical film among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time.

A true landmark of postwar German cinema, Konrad Wolf's masterpiece is a poetic exploration of the postwar dilemma of German identity and a powerful document about the search for a "usable" German past – especially in light of the East German film censorship debacle of 1965.

Director Konrad Wolf.  115 mins, NR. In German with subtitles. (1968)