Film Series

The current situation has made many of us stay home much more than we are used to.  The German American Event Series, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Boston, would like to make your time at home more enjoyable and help you fill the gap between our events. With the Goethe-Institut Boston, we have launched a film series in parallel to this year’s German American Event Series. Over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to select films representing different themes across our virtual events. Whenever possible, these films will be brought to you free of charge! However, views are limited so don’t hesitate to use this opportunity and click on the links provided below.

Das Netz // The Net (2003)

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The Internet – Its history is short, but its impact is immense.

Can we still control communications? What is multimedia art? Can we replace reality with a virtual world?

“The Net – Unabomber, LSD and Internet” is a 2003 documentary by the media artist and filmmaker Lutz Dammbeck. The film illustrates the origin of the Internet with its parallels to art and philosophy as well as its influence on our individual lives.

The film presents professionals involved in the development of Internet technologies. With them, we explore the internet as a network of thinkers, a virtual place for intellectual ideas that results in new systems, different concepts of psychology and an extraordinary impact on human society.  

On the other hand, we are introduced to technophobic ideas of Ted Kaczynski, known as the “Unabomber”, who carried out numerous attacks on people working in technology. The domestic terrorist, former mathematics professor and anarchist author, understood himself to be battling the increasing technologization of the world.

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Automotive (2020)

What is the value of work in the age of the digital revolution? This documentary film examines the effect of automation on workers and organizations through the perspectives of employees at an Audi factory in Ingolstadt, Germany.

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Available for free from 18-22 November.

Das geheime Leben der Bäume //

The Hidden Life of Trees (2019)

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“If a tree falls in the forest there are other trees listening.”

-Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

Have you ever thought about how trees communicate? Do trees have a nonhuman consciousness? Do they have a memory? 

We would like to introduce to you a fascinating documentary about the “Wood Wide Web”, a unique ecosystem with its own structure, community and its own language, often undervalued in its complexity and importance. In the documentary, the filmmakers portray the laws of trees and forests, our long-standing companions on this planet, and highlight the importance of protecting them. This film is based on a non-fiction bestseller by the german forester and author Peter Wohlleben. 

Available free of charge from November 6th to November 13th.

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