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7:30pm International Film Series: Welcome to Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)
October 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.
There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted to help raise funds for UNA’s Adopt-a-Future campaign in cooperation with UNHCR to build classrooms in refugee camps in Kenya.
Please check the calendar for upcoming films.
In case you missed our movie night, or you have some suggestions for good movies, you can view a list of all movies we have shown so far: UNA IH Int films 1997 through Nov. 2017
October 19, 2018 Welcome to Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns) (2016, Germany, directed by Simon Verhoeven, 116 min.)
We initially meet Nigerian refugee Diallo (Eric Kabongo), survivor of Boko Haram atrocities, at a Munich asylum center, getting ready for interviews with potential host families. He ends up with the Hartmanns: Angelika (Senta Berger), a retired teacher looking for ways to “do good,” Richard (Heiner Lauterbach), a doctor worried about preserving his youth in superficial ways, their son Philipp (Florian Fitz) and daughter Sofie (Palina Rojinski). There are many scenes of crosscultural and personal clashes (sometimes humorous), among the former a neighborhood welcome scene that is tasteless and insensitive though well-intentioned, among the latter the obvious putdowns by Dr. Hartmann of his colleague Tarek Berger (Elyas M’Barek) who ironically becomes Sofie’s love interest. The film gives far more emphasis to the many-faceted German response to the refugee crisis than to the actual causes and victims. (#436)