Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore plans seminar with Dr Peter Zimmermann next week

BANGALORE: Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore (MMBB) has planned a double film feature next week with Dr. Peter Zimmermann.

The film scholar will present a seminar on the Cold War, Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall, in one of a series of events that MMBB has organised, to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November, 1989. He will also conduct a workshop for cineastes and film students on some of the latest trends in German cinema.

The seminar will highlight some critical events in German and European history like rebuilding the destroyed country after World War II with the help of the allied forces; the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and different living conditions on both sides of the ‘iron curtain’; the ‘peaceful revolution’ in East Germany in 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall; daily life in East and West Germany after the reunification and the problems of the integration of the eastern part into a united Germany: hopes and disillusions.

Besides being a film scholar, Zimmermann is an author and lecturer at the University of Wuppertal (FBA) in Germany. From 1992 to 2006, he was Academic Director of the Documentary Film Center (Haus des Dokumentarfilms) in Stuttgart.

He has chaired the research project "History of the Documentary Film in Germany" and is co-editor of the Book Series "Close Up" focusing on the history of international documentary film. After studying literature, media and history at the Universities in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Heidelberg, Zimmermann was lecturer and Professor for Literature and Media Studies at the universities in Wuppertal, Cairo and Marburg from 1973 to 1991.


(1) From the ‘Cold War‘ to the Fall of the ‘Iron Curtain‘ and the Berlin Wall: History and Film in Eastern, Western and United Germany Film Seminar on 27 and 28 October.

(2) The ‘New German Film Wave‘ and the ‘Berlin School‘ film workshop on 29 and 30 October.

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