New DVDs (Germanic Studies), August-September 2015

Selected list of new video recordings relevant to Germanic Studies. Click on the links for call numbers and availability. For a complete listing of new videos and DVDs, consult the Catalog or the DVD lists.

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Berlincalling  Berlin calling  / eine Sabotage Films und Stoehrfilm Produktion in Koproduktion mit WDR und ARTE ; ein Film von Hannes Stöhr ; Buch & Regie: Hannes Stöhr.  Originally released as a motion picture in 2008. German with English subtitles. DVD format; PAL, all regions

SUMMARY: Martin (DJ Ickarus) tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend, Mathilde. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at a gig.

Sidonie   Sidonie /  ein Film von Karin Brandauer ; Buch, Erich Hackl ; Regie, Karin Brandauer. Originally produced for television in 1990. In German with optional German subtitles for the hearing impaired. DVD ; PAL ; region 0.

SUMMARY: The story of a Romani girl born the year the Nazis came into power. Found on the doorstep of the town hospital, she is taken by and grows up as the foster daughter of a middle-class family. In 1943, she is taken from the family under the pretense of meeting up with her biological family. Instead she is taken to Auschwitz, where she dies a few days later. This is not simply a story about one young girl, but emblematic for the many anonymous individuals whose fates were determined by Nazi persecution. Sidonie also represents the continued persecution of the sinti and roma in Europe.

Wirsindjunk  Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark / Regie, Burhan Qurbani ; Buch, Burhan Qurbani und Martin Behnke. DVD release of the 2014 motion picture. In German with English subtitles, and German for the hearing imparied.  DVD, region 2

SUMMARY: The film tells the events of August 24, 1992 in Rostock-Lichtenhagen from the perspectives of three different people. They all share the desire for a home, for love and recognition. But at the end of the day some of them fear for their lives, while others throw Molotov cocktails and give interviews.

About the author

Brian Vetruba is Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, and European Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis