Culture in the Cold War

Presented by the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This series is free and open to the public.

This Amherst Cinema mini-series is part of an extensive public film & lecture program accompanying an NEH Summer Institute on CULTURE IN THE COLD WAR: EAST GERMAN ART, MUSIC AND FILM at UMass Amherst June 17 – July 14, 2018.

This NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers will explore the role of the visual arts, music and film in socialist modernity. The international faculty and 25 NEH Summer Scholars from around the U.S. will focus on the case of East Germany.

The Institute and accompanying film and lecture series are organized and hosted by the DEFA Film Library and German and Scandinavian Studies at UMass Amherst.

An inexperienced producer tries create a musical revue film in this comedy that exemplifies the East German push to compete with the West’s biggest studio. Introduction by Johanna Yunker, UMass Amherst. North American premiere! Free screening.
Thu, 6/28
This tongue-in-cheek, episodic film about a conflicted sculptor is based on the life of Werner Stötzer, one of East Germany’s most important visual artists. Introduction by Seán Allan, University of St Andrews. North American premiere! Free screening.
Tue, 7/3
This documentary surveys the East German rock music scene in the late-1980s, and gives an in-depth look at the last years of East German society and culture. Introduction by Skyler Arndt-Briggs, UMass Amherst. Free screening.
Tue, 7/10