14 Pews presents Dr. Sandy Frieden: German Female Film Directors I Know and Love
Dr. Sandy Frieden has taught German film at the University of Houston for more than 35 years, both face-to-face and online. She has made dozens of presentations on German film, published more than 15 articles on German cinema and literature, authored a book on German-language autobiography, and was lead editor for Gender and German Cinema: Feminist Interventions (Vol. 1 & 2).
Dr. Frieden will discuss the following films and film directors:
- October 25: Germany, Pale Mother, Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1980 - Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.
- November 1: The Second Awakening of Christa Klages, Margarethe vib Trotta, 1978 - Worried about the prospects of her children's day care center and running out of money, Christa Klages, a young mother, robs a bank with the help of her lover Werner Wiedemann and another friend. When Werner is killed during the heist and when it becomes clear that the police are after her, Christa flees to Portugal to seek help from another friend, Ingrid Häkele, a situation that threatens both women's safety.
- November 8: inter Ade, Helke Misselwitz, 1988 - Shortly before GDR’s collapse, Helke Misselwitz traveled by train from one end of the country to the other interviewing East German women of different ages and backgrounds. In this documentary masterpiece, women reveal their personal and professional frustrations, hopes and aspirations - and, in doing so, paint a portrait of a changing society. The landscape and architecture of East Germany, filmed in B&W on 35mm by Thomas Plenert, form the background to the stories.