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November 8, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Category: Movie
Location: Student Center Hilberry A | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Wayne State University's Deutschklub would like to present a film screening of the international award-winning film, Good Bye Lenin! This historically significant film weaves together comedy and drama through an emotional narrative, that everyone can in some way relate to. The film details the life of a fictional character (Alexander Kerner), who is raised in East Germany and is a young adult when the Berlin Wall falls. While Alexander, the protagonist, was protesting one night in the East, his mother sees him beaten and arrested and collapses from a heart attack, consequently falling into a coma. She is in this medical state for an entire year, in which she sleeps through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West Germany. When she wakes up, she is frail and her family is told she would not survive another heart attack if anything were to shock her. The protagonist, in an attempt to preserve his mother's life, recreates the former East Germany in their house and in the surrounding area, and tries in every possible way to hide the country's unification from his mother. This 2003 film has won 35 international awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is in German with English subtitles. The run time is 121 minutes.  We have also applied for additional funding, so that our organization can provide pizza for dinner and ethnic sweets for dessert, to the students and public who will be watching the film. Additionally, we would like to place German themed decorations around the room.  This is an intriguing film to those inside and outside of the German major and minor. The film is understandable to all viewers through its comedic, yet startlingly emotional narrative. The film's loving portrayal of a mother-child relationship charms the viewer, while the political and historical narrative reminds the viewer of this remarkable event when a split nation finally united into one country. We would like to present this film on November 9th, which was the official day the Berlin Wall opened in 1989, where citizens of the East could freely cross into the West without punishment. The Wall was demolished some months later. We are excited to screen this riveting film.

For more information about this event, please contact The Wayne State Deutschklub at 3135771010 or kathe.erichsen@wayne.edu.