Karl Marx City
(Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker, US & Germany, 2016, 89 min)
Friday, Apr 28 at 08:00PM
Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi’s extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect.
“Must-see...A biographical portrait and a work of sociopolitical archaeology, Karl Marx City is an essayistic, quietly moving look at another lost world...the movie draws you in quickly with its intelligence, its restrained emotions and its jaw-dropping period material, which includes some wildly creepy Stasi surveillance imagery.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
RSVP HERE to save a seat at "The Challenges of Making a Personal Documentary," a free discussion with Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker that takes place from 6-7pm before the screening.
Visiting Filmmakers Filmmakers Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker will host an in-depth discussion of the process of making a personal documentary and the challenges/pitfalls of putting yourself in your own movie. Anyone interested in making a personal documentary can learn how to avoid potential pitfalls and find inspiration to overcome the fears that are part of that creative journey. Read more>