New German Cinema Series

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 Presented by the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies and the Video Association of Dallas


Feb 4th Angst Essen Seele Auf / Ali: Fear Eats The Soul – Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Followed by a Q&A with Nils Roemer, Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies

An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Feb. 11th Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes/ Aguirre: The Wrath of God by Werner Herzog

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Feb. 18th Der Himmel über Berlin/ Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders

A reception will be hosted before the movie by the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies and the Dallas Goethe Center.

Followed by Q & A with Nils Roemer

Two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, observe life on Earth and the human condition. They’ve been doing this for a very long time and have seen both the best and the worse of mankind. Damiel wants nothing more that to be human – to feel, to touch, to smell, to have emotions. When his wish is granted he also learns that being human has its limitations that are in many ways no different than being immortal.

Feb. 25th A Coffee in Berlin by Jan Ole Gerster

Followed by a Q&A with Nils Roemer

A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.

This program made possible by a generous grant from Richardson Cultural Arts Commission


Dr. Roemer is the Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor at University of Texas at Dallas. He received in 1993 his MA from the University of Hamburg and in 2000 his PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Roemer joined UT Dallas in 2006. He is the Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies.


The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas is a distinguished research and academic center. The Holocaust Studies Program was founded by Dr. Zsuzanna Ozsváth 30 years ago, with the Center moving into its current dedicated space in 2011. The three endowed professors and one senior lecturer offer a unique, multi-faceted learning environment that is supported by a dedicated research library-the Jaffe Collection. The Ackerman Center is singularly focused on the study of Holocaust and its legacies. The Center’s diverse students play important roles as educators, professionals and leaders in America and around the world.

About the Goethe Center

Founded in 1965, the Dallas Goethe Center serves the community by developing an appreciation and understanding of German art, drama, music, language, literature and history, and cultivates mutual understanding between the people of German speaking countries and those of the United States of America. As a regional hub the Dallas Goethe Center advances German culture, language, and cross-cultural dialogue by building community partnerships and creating a variety of educational programs and activities.

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