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May 16, 2018

 

Screening and talk at the Goethe-Institut / 7pm

 

The title of Florian Dedek’s film is a quote from a conversation between Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his mother from the 1978 film “Germany in Autumn”. This momentous essay-film continues to be associated with the Red Army Faction (RAF) to this day.

38 years later a son once again talks to his mother. Dedek’s 30-minute film is his attempt to establish connections, seek traces, and reconstruct different stories without necessarily aligning them. One of these stories is the history of a radio mast that was blown up in 1986. Another one is the political story of people being deprived of their freedoms due to state suspicion and collective silence. Yet another is the media history of the RAF. Its aesthetic-political appearance appealed to the arts, which the film traces and enacts in past and present. And last but not least, it is the personal story of Dedek whose parents were sentenced for an attack they never carried out. Following these different trajectories, the film tells a story of a family that is equally and inevitably part of West Germany’s political, mental, and cultural narrative.

 

The event is organized by The Agency for Legal Imagination operating throughout 2018 at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38.