Day School: War Babies: Women in Berlin in 1945


Mechanic’s Institute Library, Bradford
Saturday 10 March, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Tutor: Rona Murray and Roy Stafford

This event is intended as our contribution to International Women’s Day, which in Bradford this year covers 3rd-10th March.

Our title refers to the New German Cinema directors of the 1970s who were themselves mainly ‘war babies’ and who strove to challenge the failure to remember the events of the Nazi period. Our main film will be Deutschland Bleiche Mutter (Germany Pale Mother, 1980), an autobiographical story from director Helma Sanders-Brahms, starring Eva Mattes. We’ll also consider one of the stars of New German Cinema, Hanna Schygulla in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) and two more recent films featuring Nina Hoss amongst the ruins of the city.

What did these women face on a daily basis in the rubble of Berlin – and how did they react? We’ll explore the historical context and how German cinema represented women’s lives.

Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch and you are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Tickets are £14 and £9 concessions.


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