Helke Sander's dffb Cinema, 1968 and West Germany's Feminist Movement

Lecture | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

 Institute of European Studies

Helke Sander was a key figure of the early dffb, where she studied between 1966 and 1969. Returning her political organizing and her films of the era revises three crucial narratives: 1. it expands narratives about 1968 to include the establishment of feminism as part of it (The Tomatenwurf), which is often read as a 1970s phenomenon; 2. it expands narratives of cinemas of the late sixties to include feminist filmmaking; and 3. it shows how the seeds for her much better known filmmaking of the seventies were already visible thematically and formally in her little known earlier work.

Christina Gerhardt is Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
She is the author of "Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory" (Bloomsbury, 2018) and the co-editor of "1968 and Global Cinema" (Wayne State UP, 2018).

 heike@berkeley.edu, 510-643-4558