Taking a trip down memory lane

Remembering the wall’s fall

13 November 2019 | Art and Entertainment

As part of the celebrations surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German embassy and the Goethe Institute hosts the screening of the movie Goodbye Lenin at the Zoo Park on Saturday at 19:00.
The movie is set in the GDR in the summer of 1978. Sigmund Jähn is the first German in space on board the Soyus 31, while Alex Kerner’s father also leaves his country and goes west. One is a hero, the other a deserter.
Men from the state security agency visit Alex’s mother, causing her to have a mental breakdown. Upon her return from hospital, she becomes an activist while the rest of the family continues its socialist life – until autumn 1989 when Alex takes part in the “evening walk” – a demonstration for freedom which is brutally broken up by representatives of the state.
On her way to a celebration in the “Palast der Republik”, she sees how her son is brutally beaten up. She breaks down again, is taken to hospital far too late and is in a coma following a heart attack.
In the meantime, the Berlin Wall falls and the Kerner flat is upgraded to western standards. However, Alex’s mother misses out on the victory of capitalism. She awakes in summer 1990, with her doctor declaring that excitement of any kind could prove fatal and Alex is forced to conceal the demise of the socialist regime from her at first. But what will happen when she returns home, albeit confined to bed?
What follows is the story of GDR nostalgia in practice: From the reconstruction of the bedroom at home to the search for familiar Spreewald gherkins, a traditional product which rapidly disappears from the market and is replaced by western products.
In his despair, Alex transfers modern products into old packages and the east-west swindle is successful. Ever more desperate measures are needed to keep up the illusion as his mother recovers her health. Alex spares no effort to celebrate her birthday; he invites old comrades, and boys from the “Young Pioneers” which have long since been disbanded come to sing songs praising their socialist homeland. He even manages to solve the problem of the media with the help of a friend: Denis is a born propagandist who merges pictures from his video camera with archive material from the former GDR and gives the material new meaning.
Alex’s mother falls for the swindle, not only on account of the tricks used, but also because of her limited imagination which cannot go further than October ’89.
Entrance is free, and visitors can also enjoy a free drink and popcorn while watching this movie that wittily demonstrates the arbitrariness of images and sounds. The movie is in German with English subtitles.

Similar News

 

Finding symmetry in chaos

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Windhoek • Nina van Zyl The group exhibition While In Quarantine opens at the Namibian Arts Association Gallery in the capital next week.Artists are the...

Simply You announces nominees

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

The fourth Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards are slated for September, celebrating the arts, entertainment and fashion industry's achievements and growth.As has always...

Celebrities to hit the high notes for homelessness

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MTC launched the second edition of their Knockout Project – this year aimed at targeting homelessness in Namibia.Last year’s Knockout Project was aimed at creating...

Chill with Windhoek Express

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Currently running• Namibian artist Elisia Nghidishange hosts her third solo exhibition, The Insight of Intrusive Women, at the National Art Gallery until 18 July.Recurring events•...

Home updates for the cash-strapped seller

6 days ago - 06 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

The buyer’s market we are experiencing at the moment, means that sellers will need to make sure their homes are in excellent condition if they...

Taking Namibian fashion to new virtual heights

6 days ago - 06 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) recently held a workshop to discuss the concept of establishing a Museum of Namibian Fashion.Along with the initiative, a...

What's hot this weekend

1 week ago - 02 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Currently running• Namibian artist Elisia Nghidishange hosts her third solo exhibition, The Insight of Intrusive Women, at the National Art Gallery until 18 July.• The...

Boerewors training a braaiing success

1 week ago - 01 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

The popular Shoprite & Checkers Namibian Champion Boerewors competition is in full swing, with regional and final rounds just around the corner. Every year the...

Mega sponsorships by MTC

1 week ago - 30 June 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MTC announced sponsorships worth N$67.8 million for local sports, arts and culture – sponsorships that will see boxing, netball, rugby, horse racing, football, hockey and...

What's hot this weekend

2 weeks ago - 25 June 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Currently running• Namibian artist Elisia Nghidishange hosts her third solo exhibition, The Insight of Intrusive Women, at the National Art Gallery until 18 July.• The...

Latest News

Huis Maerua kort jou hulp

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Local News

Windhoek [email protected] 22 kinders in hulle sorg wat wissel van 2 jaar tot 20, het Huis Maerua jou hulp nodig om te verseker hierdie kinders...

The future of work

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Opinion

Windhoek • Sergio de SousaAs the world of work changes, we look at what you can do to survive and thrive. Here are my predictions...

Finances handicap 2018 CoW housing...

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Local News

Windhoek • [email protected] City of Windhoek (CoW) housing initiative of two years ago is yet to materialise, with themunicipality laying the blame on financial constraints.This...

Ndove heads environmental fund

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Environment

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta appointed five members to serve as the board of directors of the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) for a period...

NN eyes premier league

2 days ago - 10 July 2020 | Sports

Netball Namibia (NN) is working hard on creating a first-of-its-kind Namibia Netball Premier League.The league, to be sponsored by MTC, will consist of 12 teams...

Finding symmetry in chaos

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Windhoek • Nina van Zyl The group exhibition While In Quarantine opens at the Namibian Arts Association Gallery in the capital next week.Artists are the...

Simply You announces nominees

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

The fourth Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards are slated for September, celebrating the arts, entertainment and fashion industry's achievements and growth.As has always...

Virtual replaces real-life relay

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Sports

The Bank Windhoek Relay has been relaunched and is now scheduled to take place virtually on 1 and 2 August.The original relay that was scheduled...

Say cheese, pooch!

3 days ago - 09 July 2020 | Local News

Windhoek • [email protected] you have a pet that is always photo ready, then you shouldn’t miss out on perhaps having themfeatured in the 2021 SPCA...

Load More