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ONLINE Film - Fall 2021

  • Saturday, November 06, 2021
  • Saturday, December 18, 2021
  • 6 sessions
  • Saturday, November 06, 2021, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (CDT)
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (CST)
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (CST)
  • Saturday, December 04, 2021, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (CST)
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (CST)
  • Saturday, December 18, 2021, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (CST)
  • online


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Please select your session(s) in the registration form. You will be billed accordingly.

Registration is closed

Course Description: In this 6 week online class, we will watch and discuss "Wendefilme" (films about and around the time when East and West Germany reunited) and the "Top Filme" of the last 20 years. By diving deep into these films you will learn about the socio-historical context of the times, but also analyze the content of the film itself.

This class offers two independent sessions, and each is 6 weeks long. You can attend one session, or both, simply select the one(s) you want to attend during the registering process.

During the first session (September 25-October 30) you will watch and discuss

  • Das Leben der Anderen (2003, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
  • Goodbye Lenin (2003, Wolfgang Becker)
  • Ballon (2018, Michael Herbig)
  • Bornholmer Straße (2014, Christian Schwochow 2014).

During the second session (November 6 - December 18) you will watch and discuss

  • Der Untergang (2004, Oliver Hirschbiegel)
  • Bis ans Ende der Welt (2007, Fatih Akin)
  • Drei Türken und ein Baby (2015, Sinan Akkus)
  • Jonathan (2016, Piotr Lewandowski).
Class Structure: Students will have the opportunity to talk to their teacher and their classmates in 90 minute online sessions and practice their German in break-out rooms. In addition, students will receive assignments from their teacher.

Meetings: We will meet Saturdays from 9:30-11am CST (online)

Materials: You may be asked to buy these movies. All of them are available in the US, and some may be available for streaming. The instructor will help you with this.

Prerequisites:This class welcomes students who are enrolled in the Intermediate class (or CEFR B1+). Please take our placement test to see if this class is right for you.

Choose your Session(s): Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to take

  • Session I (September 25 - October 30),
  • Session II (November 6 - December 18),
  • or both.  
Each 6 week session costs $127. Or you can book both for $250.

Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students 

***Payment must be received within 15 minutes of registration to avoid cancelling your enrollment. Please contact with any questions.

German American Cultural Center 

4740 North Western Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60625

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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