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.


From Business to Being (2015)

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Available from 3 – 16 December.

Who am I? What am I excited about? How do I want to live and work? 

“From Business To Being” illustrates the story of three executives building a bridge between “business” and “being” and providing new impulses for a cultural change in companies and society: A former investment banker at Lehman Brothers, a major project manager in the automotive industry and an area manager of a European pharmacy chain. 

The filmmakers Hanna Henigin and Julian Wildgruber provide deep insights into the emotional life of the otherwise sealed-off world of business leaders. In view of the unwritten rules that lead to stress and burnout, one of the managers asks the existential question: “Can a person still be a person?” The film, touching and encouraging at the same time, seeks answers to this question and describes the path from stress-driven business to working in connection with being. 


Otomo (1999)

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Available from 24 November – 2 December.

Watch the trailer here.

In connection to our first event  “How to be antiractist as a foreigner”, we would like to take up this complex and crucially important topic once again. We present you the movie “Otomo” (1999) by Frieder Schlaich as part of our film series in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Boston.

On the morning of August 8th 1989, a man in Stuttgart was stopped for questioning by the German police. He knifed two officers to death and wounded three others, before being shot dead himself.

In the movie based on this true story we follow Frédéric Beyida-Otomo, an asylum seeker from Africa, in the last three hours of his life exploring the circumstances leading to this catastrophic incident. 

Frieder Schlaich addresses the impact of racial profiling and xenophobia within German society trying to understand the impact of discrimination on Otomo’s thinking and his individual prison created by the prejudices that surround him.


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.

This film was available for streaming from 18 – 25 November.


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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This film was 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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